Union Sq farmers market
re: Barb H.
...and those amazing Martin's pretzels and, on
Saturdays, Quattro Farms for amazing chicken and other
fowl, as well as venison, and on Wednesdays and
Saturdays, the Knoll Hill Farm's impeccable eggs and
delicious chicken, and lamb (frozen, but quite
succlent) from Barbara (can't remember the name of
the farm right now), and all sorts of root vegetables
and even flowers, as well as hydroponic greens--all
this and even more is at the Union Square Greenmarket
throughout the winter, along with occasional seasonal
surprises, like Christmas trees. (I once found quince
in November.) I've been visiting as often as the market
is open since I moved to the nabe in 1978, and
everything you've heard about it is true. Not only was
the Greenmarket instrumental (to say the least) in
transforming the neighborhood, it virtually spawned
some of the best restaurants in the country, and,
perhaps best of all, it has saved dozens and dozens of
farms from extinction (ask any farmer there). Now, with
Union Square about to expand, especially along the
western rim, the Greenmarket can only grow and flourish
re: Tom S
Tom S writes: "the Knoll Hill Farm's impeccable eggs"
Knoll Krest. They're also a tremendous value; they had
them reduced a few weeks ago and I got two dozen for
"and delicious chicken, and lamb (frozen, but quite
succlent) from Barbara (can't remember the name of the
farm right now)"
Wooly Hill? They also sell sheepskins and yarn. And the
McLarens of Whippoorwill Farm in Connecticut sell meat
(beef, pork, lamb, veal), all raised on their farm.
It's entirely because of Linda McLaren, sitting out
there knitting every week, that I was inspired to learn
to knit; she also sells a variety of her own handknit
hats, socks, and sweaters, and just in time for
Christmas. Plus there's Ted Blew with his "High Hope
Hogs"; he's out of Pennsylvania and sells all sorts of
pork products, plus peppers (several varieties,
including habanero), pumpkins, squash, and the best
white hulless popcorn you've ever had. And there's
Ronnybrook Farms, where you can get all their dairy
products including their several flavors of ice cream
and butter. At the Our Daily Bread stand, you can get a
chocolate hazelnut cake that's more than great for only
$5.00. And my dog Tipper likes to shop for bread there;
the pesto bread seems to be her favorite.
Nah, not much doing in the winter months; might as well
re: Barb H.
If you're a fan of the Greenmarket, you should be aware
that the current expansion plan of Union Square, put
together by the Parks Dept., threatens to remove at
least 20 farmers permanently, in order to make room for
a double-row of trees and a pathway. I think it would
devastating, as I agree with the other notes about the
market's pivotal role in reviving the area and saving
small farms. If you go to the market on its running
days (Mon., Wed., Fri. , Sat.) there are signs and
petitions for one to sign in order to save the market.
They also are distributing info. on the relevant people
to write to at the Parks Dept., Community Board #5,
and the City Council.
re: Pete Feliz
In spite of my lukewarm-sounding post above, I have
been a great fan of the Union Sq. greenmarket since it
opened and all through it's various expansions. I
think it would be a crime to make any changes, let
alone make it smaller. I suggest everyone cut and
paste Janet's well-said post into an email and spread
it around to any New Yorkers who can pass by and sign
the petition. Let's make our opinions known!