Union Square Greenmarket: Healthy, Fresh–and Delicious–Food

In chefs, cooking, farming, flowers, food, fruits, Greenmarket, health, herbs, lifestyle, New York City, nutrition, recipes, restaurant, Uncategorized, vegetables, wellness on June 23, 2010 at 4:12 pm

Healthy eating certainly doesn’t need to be tasteless.  In fact, fresh, whole foods that come straight from the ground or vine or tree—without pesticides, hormones, antibiotics—have a strong, delicious flavor. They’re also much better for you!

The following are excerpts from an article that I recently wrote for the Neighborbee Blog.  It focuses on the Union Square Greenmarket because 1) I live in New York City and 2) the Union Square Market is world-reknowned, and  the largest in New York City. If you don’t live in New York City, however, please visit a greenmarket or farmer near you.

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 The Union Square Greenmarket is the largest market of Grows NYC, a not-for-profit that began 30 years ago with one small farmer’s market on the corner of 2nd Avenue and 59th Street.  Today, the Union Square Farmers Market is world-renowned and has over 140 producers who come from as far as 100 miles north; 200 miles south; the East End of Long Island. The market is located around Union Square Park, 14th to 17th Streets and from Park Avenue South to Union Square West in New York City.

Hordes of people, many with strollers and dogs, pinch, poke and sniff things like the fresh locally grown ginger that you’ll never find the likes of in a supermarket, or the fresh chervil, basil or other herbs.  Here, you’ll see some of the best chefs and restaurateurs in the world, including Mario Batali of Babbo, David Chang of Momofuko, or Alex Guarneschelli of Butter. Or maybe you’ll spot the many celebrities who shop at the market– Susan Sarandon, Aaron Neville, Meryl Streep, or John Turturro.

So if your idea of a salad is iceberg lettuce wedges, get yourself down to the Union Square Greenmarket–immediately!

Here, you’ll find the freshest, healthiest and most delicious foods on the planet, ranging from a colorful, and sometimes unusual, array of vegetables, fruits and herbs; jams; sweets; pretzels; cheeses; breads; 100% grass-fed beef; pastured chicken; fresh fish.  My friend, Claudette, insists on only buying her  fish here.  “It tastes so fresh and so different from anything in supermarkets,” she says.

 So now that you have all this great food, what do you do with it?  Well, you can talk to the farmers.  Or, you can stop by the Manager’s Station to pick up some recipes, like the “Berried Treasures Farm Salad,” created by Chef Robin Puskas of NY Kitchen (who gives a cooking demo every Friday morning) or “Sweet & Sour Rhubarb and Arugula Salad,” created by The Natural Gourmet Institute for Health & Culinary Arts who gave a cooking demo this past Saturday (June 19) morning.

 Good karma

The bottom-line is this: Farmers are a dying breed and need our support. “In fact, one farmer recently told me that if it weren’t for the greenmarket, he’d probably have to go out of business,” said Tara LaRuffa of the Union Square Greenmarket.  When you buy locally-grown from farmers, you’re helping to ensure fair wages, humane treatment of animals, minimal energy consumption, soil enrichment, and the protection of air and water quality. And, remember, things like transportation, processing, and packing stress out the environment.


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