Slideshow: Market Scene: Tomato Season Kicks Into Gear at the Union Square Greenmarket

Cherry Heirlooms and Sungold Tomatoes, Maxwell's Farm
Cherry Heirlooms and Sungold Tomatoes, Maxwell's Farm
Tomato season is here! Above, a selection of the cherry tomatoes at Maxwell's Farm.
Juliettes and Golden Rave Tomatoes, Maxwell's Farm
Juliettes and Golden Rave Tomatoes, Maxwell's Farm
I love these tomatoes at Maxwell's Farm's stand—they're sweet and juicy, with a just-right size somewhere between a cherry and plum tomato.
Assorted Basil, Maxwell's Farm
Assorted Basil, Maxwell's Farm
Maxwell's Farm was also selling Thai basil, purple basil, and lemon basil, along with just about every other herb you could want.
Japanese Eggplant, Maxwell's Farm
Japanese Eggplant, Maxwell's Farm
Eggplant of all shapes and sizes, from thumb sized fairy tale variety to the larger Italian eggplant, are all over the market right now. In the middle are the slender, sweet Japanese epplant from Maxwell's Farm who, if you couldn't tell from the previous four slides, were absolutely crushing it this week.
Doughnut Peaches, Phillips Farm
Doughnut Peaches, Phillips Farm
Doughnut peaches don't necessarily taste better than their more common round cousins, but they sure are more fun to eat!
White and Red Currants, Red Jacket Orchards
White and Red Currants, Red Jacket Orchards
Red Jacket was selling red currants and the rarer white variety.
Squash Blossoms, Locust Grove Fruit Farm
Squash Blossoms, Locust Grove Fruit Farm
These pretty blossoms were a pretty good deal at four bucks per container.
Wild Blueberries, Berried Treasures
Wild Blueberries, Berried Treasures
These wild blueberries are much tinier than the average blueberry, but they more than make up for it with flavor. Of course, regular blueberries are still all over the market. I've been eating them like it's my job.

Ed. note: Well, it kind of is. Keep up the good work.

Crown Dill, Paffenroth Gardens
Crown Dill, Paffenroth Gardens
Crown dill, a blossomed version of the traditional variety with a stronger and more aromatic flavor, is often used for pickling. Paffenroth Gardens was selling bunches at their stand this week.
Okra, Norwich Meadows Farm
Okra, Norwich Meadows Farm
Okra is also in season right now; Norwich Meadows has red and green varieties.
Artichokes, Norwich Meadows Farm
Artichokes, Norwich Meadows Farm
Artichokes are also appearing around the market; get there early as they are often in short supply.
Melon, Cherry Lane Farms
Melon, Cherry Lane Farms
Cherry Lane was selling canary melons and these chameh melons, a Korean variety that tastes a bit like a sweet cucumber—very refreshing on a hot summer day.