Postcards from New York City’s Famous Greenmarket
You all know of my love for markets. That means at home in Zürich, every Tuesday and Friday morning at my beloved Bürkliplatz, as well as the local markets in Sicily, Berlin, France’s Basque Country and really, anywhere my travels take me around the world. And right now, that means New York City.
My list of favorites and “musts” when in the Big Apple remains roughly the same year after year, visit after visit, taste after taste. There are bagels and lox, sushi, half-sour pickles and my mom’s cooking, but of course… Shake Shack burgers, Luke’s Lobster crab rolls (got my mobsta roll this time !) and chocolate chip cookies galore (Jacques Torres, City Bakery, Tate’s Bake Shop, Levain Bakery and on this trip, add Sugar and Plumm). Let’s not forget the lists with ice cream, ices, cupcakes, black and white cookies, pretzel croissants and more. There’s always the search for new chocolate brands, with stores like The Meadow, Chelsea Market Baskets, Eli Zabar’s and Whole Foods being guilty for my overweight luggage when heading back home to Zürich. And last but not least, there’s always a few obligatory visits to the Union Square Greenmarket.
It’s the city’s most well-known farmer’s market, much appreciated by restaurant chefs, foodies, local residents and tourists alike. I’m surprised that it’s only been around since 1976, when it began with just a handful of farmers; to me, it’s been here forever.
You know you’re getting the highest quality local produce, along with breads, pastries, apple cider, maple syrup, eggs, meats, flowers and some rather random items too. There are the quirky and friendly vendors you only find in New York, not to mention some truly amazing snapshots of the city, its unique architecture making for a photogenic backdrop to the market stands’ triangular tops. It’s all very New York: the buildings along Broadway, with so many colors, shapes, heights and personalities, water towers in the distance, yellow cabs whizzing by and pigeons sharing the pavement with market caddies.
My series on Instagram, “back from the market with…” continues in New York City, my table covered with lettuces and sprouts, bags of Martin’s Pretzels (bonus: a few dipped in single origin dark chocolate by Roni-Sue) and challah, bialys and granola from Hot Bread Kitchen, among other things.
First a fun question, then some BIG news below…
To all the Union Square market-goers, what are your favorite stands ?
I could not be more thrilled and honored. And I’d be just as appreciative for your votes. Only a day or two left to vote, until midnight EST on Friday, April 19th (here’s the link, you simply need to register real fast to vote). Many, many thanks to everyone for your support and most of all, for following my sweet adventures !