Since most of our observations take place out here on the west coast, I thought it would be interesting to bring right to you, my hungry audience, a report from the other side of the country. I was recently in New York and connived to convince my traveling pal to visit a few farmers’ markets with me. It was interesting to see what was fresh, available, or absent, as compared to our markets here in Seattle.
The market here serves up fresh veggies, products, and even homemade juices to busy people in the summer time, Wednesdays through Fridays, 8AM to 6PM. We arrived in the early afternoon (sometime between lunch and giant cupcakes), and the market was crowded. It was so hot that both the farmers and the produce were beginning to look a bit wilted. There were tables of tomatoes, greens, beets, turnips, and even corn.
We bought some honey and delicious smelling soap as souvenirs and spent some time talking to the woman at the stand. She told us about their program, Bees Without Borders, an organization whose mission is to “educate and train individuals and communities living in impoverished areas in beekeeping skills and the value of beekeeping for poverty alleviation.” Check out their website and find out how you can help this group. Their idea of hosting a honey tasting sounds like a unique party idea and a fun way to spread the love of local honey.
We didn’t buy anything else at the Rockefeller Farmers’ Market, as we had a whole day of tourism and restaurant-eating ahead of us. It looked like a lot of shoppers were picking out their produce for dinner, and it was good to see so many taking the time in the middle of their day to seek out small farmers in the big city. Next time….shopping in Brooklyn! (There will be cheese!)