Interesting essay in today's Times on the Greenmarket in NYC. Like lobsters in a pot unaware that the water is gradually getting hotter and hotter, I had barely registered how lame the Greenmarket at Union Sq has been getting these last few years. The essay woke me up to the fact that the market nowadays seems clogged with folks selling pies and cookies (mostly made with margarine and fruits from Canada, apparently), mediocre breads, jams, flowers and potted plants, pretzels, and stall after stall of apples. How many apple sellers do we need? Seems like just a few years ago this time of year one would have been able to find tons of ramps, asparagus, and other spring goodies. There are a few good shops still left (I especially like the pork from Flying Pigs farm) but it really seems to have gone downhill.