Editor's Note: Spring is in the air and New York's farmers markets are starting to show off their first hauls of the season. Here's Ben Fishner on the city's Market Scene.
In season now: Ramps, Green Garlic, Starter Plants, Flowers
In season soon: Asparagus, Peas and Pea Greens, Fiddleheads
An unseasonably warm March seems to have jumpstarted the local Greenmarkets, and over the last week we've seen that first polarizing sign of spring for farmer's market regulars: ramps. Not just a few, and not just enough for restaurant chefs to snatch up before regular shoppers arrive, but bushels and bushels of the sweet wild leeks. The price of $3/bunch (most of the bunches are 1/4 lb.) is standard around the market, in line with what most farms were charging last year.
So ramps abound and some other early crops like green garlic and spring onions are available, but Spring is not yet in full swing—asparagus should be available at the market any day now, signifying the real start of the season. Of course, in the meantime, all of the Winter produce you're probably tired of by now—but is still quite good—is readily available. Click through the slideshow for a closer look at what we saw at the market last week.