Well, Happy World Vegetarian Day - and Happy Vegan MoFo!
I figured I'd start touring you around New York with the Union Square farmers' market, which is very near and dear to my heart. I think it's the largest in the city (there are more than 50) and it's open 4 days a week, all year long. It can get a little sad during January and February, but it keeps on truckin'. I visit this location the most often because I work two blocks away.
We're lucky that New York has four distinct seasons to provide a variety of foods - this early in October, we are still holding on to the last of summer but definitely showing fall colors:
There are obviously tons of fruit and vegetable stands. Vendors sell jams and jellies and wine (!). New York has a lot of wineries out on Long Island. I also find it interesting that there are pasta and grains sold along with bread from local companies.
It's a funny reminder of the vastness of this state and what the city used to be. (An aside: check out this amazing conceptual piece by Agnes Denes - she planted a two acre wheatfield in Downtown Manhattan in 1982.)
There are herb stands in season, and plants and flowers alongside honey.
And! Wheatgrass man:
They also sell (unfortunately) a lot of sheep's yarns, goat cheese, and poultry, meat, and seafood (New York IS an old port town, and the city consists of two islands...) but let's stick to photos of midseason vegetables:
Beyond the cornucopia of beautiful, seasonal, fresh edibles, the Union Square market also holds clothing and cloth donation drops AND offers composting! I love passing the woman holding out handfuls of dirt for people to smell! It's also very cool that people who live in cramped apartments with sometimes not even a fire escape for their own outside space can save scraps to feed the earth.
What are your favorite stands at yr local farmers' markets? The fall has so many offerings. Go check it out! (I'll probably be stopping by the hot apple cider stand in a couple of weeks...)