Gallery: Market Scene: Asparagus, Fiddleheads, Nettles and More at the Union Square Greenmarket

Fiddlehead Ferns, Garden of Spices
Fiddlehead Ferns, Garden of Spices

In addition to their usual selection of top notch poultry, Garden of Spices was selling fiddleheads this week.

Asparagus, Bodhitree Farm
Asparagus, Bodhitree Farm

Over the last week, asparagus arrived at the market, heralding the true arrival of spring. Bodhitree Farm had some of the prettiest stalks available, but there was plenty more all over the market.

Strawberries, Bodhitree Farm
Strawberries, Bodhitree Farm

Bodhitree had some of the first strawberries of the season this week; look for a better selection of strawberries in the coming weeks. These need a few days to reach peak sweetness. That amount of self control sounds impossible to me, but perhaps you're of stronger will than I.

Fresh Garlic, Bodhitree Farm
Fresh Garlic, Bodhitree Farm

Bodhitree was also selling bulbs of fresh garlic.

Stinging Nettles, Rogowski Farms
Stinging Nettles, Rogowski Farms

Please, people, heed the advice of this sign and use the tongs! It's not just a funny name.

Green Onions, Madura Farms
Green Onions, Madura Farms

Madura farms was selling these beautiful spring onions this week, just begging to be rubbed with some olive oil and tossed on the grill.

Herb Plants, Oak Grove Plantation
Herb Plants, Oak Grove Plantation

Looking to start an herb garden? Oak Grove has everything you need, from standards like basil, tarragon, parsley and cilantro to epazote, za'atar, marjoram, lemon balm, and more.

Spinach, Cherry Lane Farms
Spinach, Cherry Lane Farms

Everyone knows that washing spinach is the absolute worst part of this otherwise delightful green. Cherry Lane Farms has you covered. They also had tons of beautiful asparagus this week.

Green Garlic, Muddy River Farm
Green Garlic, Muddy River Farm

Muddy River had stalks upon stalks of tender green garlic, my favorite Spring treat.

Ramps, Berried Treasures
Ramps, Berried Treasures

Berried Treasures had beautiful mountains of ramps. Ramps are still around, though as their season progresses their bulbs are growing larger.

Stinging Nettles, Berried Treasures
Stinging Nettles, Berried Treasures

Berried Treasures also had prepackaged bags of nettles, the better to prevent stinging their customers.