Market Scene: Getting Back to Normal at the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket
In season now: Apples, Pears, Winter Squash, Beets, Potatoes, Carrots, Parsnips, Turnips, Cabbage, Broccoli, Hardy Greens
In season soon: More of the same!
The tri-state area is still reeling from the effects of Hurricane Sandy: there are still more saddening photos to see, more heartbreaking stories to hear, and lines still forming at gas stations. But in spite of everything that's been terrible about the past two weeks, one of the the brightest beacons of hope in the ordeal has been watching New Yorkers band together and help each other to move forward.
That's what the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket was all about last week: pitching in and helping out. Some vendors weren't able to make it; the much-beloved Blue Moon Fish, based out of Long Island, won't be back until next week at least. Maxwell's Farm, located in Changewater, New Jersey, had their roof blown off their barn during the storm, but they were at the market nonetheless. The market's usual compost dropoff wasn't in operation, so Evolutionary Organics of New Paltz put out their own bins to collect vegetable scraps. There was a food and supply drive, and across the street from the market a little girl and her dad sold hot cocoa and donated the proceeds to a hurricane relief fund.
The market's on again tomorrow, and it's important that we all get out there and support our small farmers for the work they do—laboring through the most intense weather conditions to bring us fresh food each week.
The Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket is open on the Northwest corner of Prospect Park every Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
About the author: Lauren Rothman is a former Serious Eats intern, a freelance catering chef, and an obsessive chronicler of all things culinary. Try the original recipes on her blog, For the Love of Food, and follow her on Twitter @Lochina186.