Even nicer than the shopping in fresh air and hand-picking yr own produce (from the selection made available, if not the ground/tree itself) is having real live interactions with the people responsible for putting food on yr plate.
The guy manning the stand I got the radishes and potatoes from today assured me that these were the best radishes of the season. "Why's that?" "The weather has just been perfect for them lately. They're earthy and not too spicy." "Funny, I've always thought the best radish weather was in the spring." Turns out, radishes have two seasons - one in the spring to early summer and another from the fall to mid-winter (this still doesn't exactly explain why they're so good in September, but I wasn't going to push it.)
I was actually looking for snap peas but I didn't see any. Green beans are something I like but never use, so it worked out anyway. Sometimes you just have to take what nature provides and roll with it.
Therefore, a variation on Alicia Silverstone's sugar snap peas, radishes, and edamame with lemon butter from The Kind Diet. I used onion instead of shallot, and cooked the vegetables in Earth Balance instead of olive oil.
made it once before two years ago (wow); if I make it again, I think I'd keep some of the radishes raw because I like the peppery-ness.
ALSO CRAZY STORY: As I was walking back to work through the market, I saw a large crowd, which isn't unusual for Union Square - there are often drum circles, or political crazies yelling, or dance troupes doin' they thang, so I just walked by. But later G told me he'd seen three cops running through the park. APPARENTLY someone slashed a person and two other people who tried to help him. Ugh. So um Stay Safe and Eat Radishes.