These days, everyone’s abuzz over the arrival of spring at the Greenmarket. I’ve seen triumphant tweets about asparagus and fiddleheads and obsessive instagramming of duck eggs and ramps. But my personal favorite Greenmarket goods, which returned to Union Square last week, aren’t actually ready to eat.
When you hit the Greenmarket this weekend, pick up some Farmer Ground Flour (sold at the Cayuga Pure Organics stands) and try this earthy, rustic pound cake from June Russell, farm inspection manager for the Greenmarkets. Made of cornmeal, buckwheat and wheat, it’s a cross between cake and cornbread and makes a wonderful winter treat.
Yesterday the Department of Sanitation and Grow NYC dropped some pretty heavy news on New York City: since they introduced collections at Greenmarkets in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island in 2011, they’ve collection ONE MILLION POUNDS of compost.
The impact of Hurricane Sandy was measured in many ways: feet of water, billions of dollars, days of school closures. At Added Value, the Red Hook community farm fueled by the work of youth volunteers, it was measured in pounds of sweet potatoes.
The emerging disorder among the sustainable set strikes at the height of the fall harvest season, when some locavores break out in a cold sweat at the sight of yet another kale salad, roast chicken or apple crisp.
While we’d advocate for everybody shopping at farmers markets year round, there’s truly no time like summer to appreciate the bounty of local goods at our fingertips.