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What produce is in season in NYC area now? Favorite Greenmarket on a weekday?

kabocha Aug 14, 2010 10:54 PM

I'm visiting NY next week. Here in Calif, I am a big fan of our local farmers, markets and love to wait for and celebrate the in-season produce. So when In NYC next week, what do you think will be in season next? From reading the other posts, peaches and blueberries seem to be on their way out (and we get lots of peaches here). Is corn in season? How about melons? What is a specialty of the region that I couldn't get in Calif?
Do you have a favorite weekday greenmarket on Manhattan? Thanks

  1. s
    sugartoof Aug 14, 2010 11:40 PM

    The Union Square market is the one to check out. You can also check the schedule of the New Amsterdam Market to see if it coincides with your visit.

    Unlike some regional markets, the farmers bringing their wares into NYC only tend to sell what's in season. This means the variety can get sparse, but it also means it's not hard to figure out what's in season.

    1. s
      small h Aug 15, 2010 05:20 AM

      Here's a link to the greenmarket site, and one to an informative blog about what's available at Union Square.


      1. k
        kabocha Aug 15, 2010 12:28 PM

        Thanks for the information on the markets.
        Do you have any favorite tri-state regional produce to look for?
        (for example in Calif, Blenheim apricots are anticipated and celebrated each year at the farmers' markets in the SF Bay Area.)

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        1. re: kabocha
          kathryn Aug 15, 2010 12:44 PM

          Union Square Greenmarket also are on Twitter. They are year-round (a lot of our farmers markets are not), the biggest (and most expensive): Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. The market is biggest on Saturdays but also very crowded.

          Right now: blueberries, Tristar strawberries (Mountain Sweet or Berried Treasures), peaches (Terhune is most famous for them but other folks have been reporting they aren't as good this year?), tomatoes (most famous is probably Eckerton Hill). Melons are definitely in. Haven't seen a ton of corn just yet.

          Definitely read Lucy's Greenmarket Report that small h linked to.

          But if you're comparing the NYC Greenmarket to California farmer's markets, I'm not we're going to stand up to the SF Bay Area's produce.


          Union Square Greenmarket
          Broadway and E 17th St, New York, NY 10003

          1. re: kabocha
            small h Aug 15, 2010 12:51 PM

            It's not produce, but Cato Corner makes some terrific cheese (Hooligan and Dutch Farmstead are my favorites). Windfall Farms sells excellent - and rather shockingly expensive - leafy greens. There's also a vendor with many varieties of potatoes that I like a lot, although most people don't get too excited about potatoes. And the peaches are incredibly good this year. I've been getting mine from Red Jacket. Follow the bees.

            1. re: small h
              sugartoof Aug 15, 2010 01:28 PM

              The potatoes are great though, and beat out some regions of California.

              1. re: sugartoof
                small h Aug 15, 2010 01:51 PM

                It's very easy to take potatoes for granted, since they're all pretty good. And then you get one that's *really* good, and wow! potato epiphany. Same thing happened to me recently with a head of garlic I bought, which was not dried out. I didn't know garlic came in not-dried-out form. Live and learn.

                1. re: small h
                  sugartoof Aug 15, 2010 03:18 PM

                  My favorite are the real blue/purple potatoes. Once you have the misfortune of buying another Farmers blue potatoes where the color all runs out once you try and cook them, it's hard not to appreciate what a real blue potato is like.

                  The clumps of fresh picked soil though some of them leave on are a bit silly though. I hate feeling like I have to wash my hands after shopping.

                  1. re: sugartoof
                    small h Aug 15, 2010 04:24 PM

                    Why I never never leave the house without wetnaps, reason #126(b). Because I haven't blamed this lady for anything in a while, I'm blaming her for the dirt on the produce. Here she is, rhapsodizing about leaves on artichokes (2:30), because leaves somehow indicate that the artichokes were picked recently. Do not doubt this lady! She has a basket, and she knows how to use it.


                    Oh, and @kabocha, this is actually a pretty good tour of the Union Square Greenmarket.

                    1. re: small h
                      sugartoof Aug 15, 2010 05:40 PM

                      That's hilarious,. The funny thing is, you will rarely ever, if ever at all see leaves and dirt left on vegetables or fruit from the markets in her own neck of the woods. It turns out she's no better at shopping than the novices. I'm a total sucker when I see the leaves left intact on a cauliflower, even though I know better. I once bought scallions that were 4 feet long, literally, and of course the last 2-3 feet was browning and needed to get cut off anyway...the farmer knew that, and I knew that, but still, it's rustic show business.

                      Thank you for sharing that video.

          2. w
            wew Aug 15, 2010 01:54 PM

            Have a great time in the NYC markets. Some adjustments will be necessary if your usual if MLK/ Grove market is your standard.
            Macoun apples are the New York area special that doesn't travel, but it is a fall item. Hanging around awhile?

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            1. re: wew
              sugartoof Aug 15, 2010 03:20 PM

              There's really a type of Apple they don't sell out of state?

              1. re: sugartoof
                wew Aug 16, 2010 01:14 PM

                Macoun not found on the west coast, where op is coming from.

                1. re: wew
                  uwsister Aug 16, 2010 11:39 PM

                  Huh - I don't think I've ever even seen this variety. Where can you find them? The wiki doesn't say a whole lot about the flavor profile - what do they taste like?

                  1. re: uwsister
                    MVNYC Aug 17, 2010 10:25 AM

                    They're sweet and pretty floral. The flesh is soft which I guess is why they don't travel well. I prefer a crisper apple but macouns have a really nice taste to them. Probably the best of the softer varieties.

                    1. re: MVNYC
                      uwsister Aug 17, 2010 11:29 PM

                      Cool. I also prefer crisper apples, but I will look for Macouns. Sounds delicious.

              2. re: wew
                manilov Aug 17, 2010 09:11 PM

                If OP likes apples on the tart side, there is a summer variety--also available in CA, though-- that is well worth seeking out: gravenstein. Available at the Union Sq market from Locust Grove for a couple of more weeks. Wed and Sat only. Gravensteins are crisp and a bit tart, with a lovely complex flavor. Easily the best summer apple imo, and now is your chance.

                1. re: manilov
                  wew Aug 18, 2010 11:56 AM

                  Saw early Macouns today, really early.

                  1. re: wew
                    manilov Aug 18, 2010 07:52 PM

                    Sorry, Wew, but I fear you're confusing things. What you saw was a variety called "Early Mac", not early "Macoun". There is no such variety as an "Early Macoun" sfaik, and not even this terribly warm weather could ripen a real Macoun this quickly. I imagine you didn't try them, as the flavor of the Early Mac is entirely different from that of Macoun (and isn't actually that close to McIntosh either). IMO they are not bad for summer apples, but nowhere near as good as Gravenstein.

              3. rose water Aug 18, 2010 03:00 AM

                other vendors that haven't been mentioned that i love include ronnybrook farms (near columbia university thursdays, at union square on saturdays and at least one other day), 3 corner farm (great goat milk yogurt, at union square), and consider bardwell farm (great cheese, at tompkin sq market sundays). if you check out this old but still very relevant thread, you'll find many other great suggestions: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/549751

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