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Upper W. Side Greenmarket!!! Now open!!! - A report

Mar a | Jul 12, 200309:48 AM

A day to cheer for upper w. side chowhounders!
Our Saturday Greenmarket is back! (@ 66 St and Broadway, in front of Barnes and Noble.)
It's very similar to the old 72 St. market, with less than a dozen vendors. Union Square it is not, but it's really a great group. Most of the 72 st farmers are here. Here's some highlights:
--Black raspberries! On the north corner of the market at 66 and Columbus. From a wonderful lady, Judy, who also happens to make great apple cider in the fall. I can't wait. Today she also had gooseberries, excellent eggs, apricots and all kinds of jams and jellies.
--Ronnybrook! Need I say more? Yogurt, creme fraiche, milk, ice cream. A very jovial guy at that stand today.
--Next to Ronnybrook, another of the standbys at the 72 market is back. I don't remember the name of the farm, but if you like greens, this is your place. Organic. Today she has fresh garlic, cavolo nero, many kinds of lettuce, beautiful looking kale, baby zucchini and many other things. Befriend this lady, people, because in August I promise you nobody in the city will have better tomatoes than her.

The bad news is that the mushroom people are not back, and neither is the watermelon seller of the old market.
Also there is a dumb rule that the vendors cannot keep their trucks there, so they have to drop off all their produce in the morning. It's more work for them and the things probably will wilt faster. I hope that rule changes.
Meanwhile, fellow chowhounders, Please support this market! We've been for a few years without a Saturday market, and the permanence of this market depends on how it goes. So if you believe in small family farms and great fresh produce, here's a chance to help a good cause and eat really great stuff as well!


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