New York City: To Greenmarket We Go…
Posted in guest quarters February 7th, 2012 by pia

All photographs and words in this guest post by Ashley & Aron Bruhn of Hither Thither

One of the culinary scenes you will find in full force here in New York–and, thankfully, around the country–is the farm-to-table movement. At the heart of this is the city’s Greenmarket network, the largest outdoor urban farmer’s market network in the country.

We are particularly partial to our local Greenmarket, which also happens to be the city’s flagship market, in Union Square. Open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, it makes eating locally and seasonally a reasonable and exciting (if still expensive) part of our lives. And even when we aren’t stocking our fridge from the market’s stalls, it’s nice to know that many of the area’s restaurants are (we’ve even spotted some celebrity chefs trolling for goods).

It’s wonderful to watch the seasons changing from the vantage point of produce–and to sense excitement mounting for prizes like strawberries, ramps, or those very first concord grapes. There’s literally a celebration when asparagus arrives. And then one has to act fast and indulge plenty before the scene changes again. (We did our best to make sure we got our fill of crisp, almost sweet asparagus before it started to disappear: we had it almost every night for two weeks!)

A farmer’s market isn’t an obvious destination for a visitor to the city, for someone unlikely to have a kitchen or an occasion to cook, but the Greenmarket at Union Square is not only a beautiful sight (especially when the flowers start to appear in the spring) but a revealing look at how the city actually lives.

Ashley & Aron Bruhn, Hither & Thither

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11 Comments

  1. Naomi says

    Oh! I just wrote a post about how much I miss farmer’s markets (I now live in East Asia) and this doesn’t help much ;) You’re so lucky to live with this close by!

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  2. Hannah @ Sparrow + Spark! says

    Such beautiful colours. I really love farmer’s markets!

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  3. christine says

    I”d love to go to NYC to the markets there. x

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  4. arvee says

    Definitely colorful! Love the photos! Look at those asparagus! ♥

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  5. Will @ Bright.Bazaar says

    I almost feel as though I am right there with you guys from these atmospheric photos. A feast for the senses no doubt.

    February 7th, 2012 | #

  6. Malayka says

    Beautiful! Wow so many great colours!

    February 8th, 2012 | #

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  8. Paris Rendez-vous says

    I’ve never been to New York…but these pics make me want to go. Everything looks so fresh…so delicious…and so fragrant. Nice to see the real things that real people are doing in New York City.

    February 12th, 2012 | #

  9. Patricia says

    To me these photo’s look quite familiair, but maybe that’s because I’m from Holland and there are these markets almost in every town. In a city like New York it must look like a miracle!

    February 12th, 2012 | #

  10. Calico Child says

    What a great looking Market wish we had one like that here in Mackay, New York is one place I would love to visit!! :)

    February 12th, 2012 | #

  11. Tim says

    Looks great. Are the fruits and vegetables organic? I know they are local. I wish I had something like this in my area. Very jealous.

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