I know this post is a little off topic for this blog, but I have to tell you what a great experience I had at the outdoor farmer's market at Union Square in NY this weekend. I was up in NYC for the holiday weekend to hang out and we visited the farmer's market at Union Square (17th & Broadway) en route to the Chelsea Market (home of the Food Network).
To make a long story short, it was incredible. All of the produce is locally farm grown and beautiful. And, to add to that, it is all very reasonably priced, some of it even cheaper than supermarket fare. I got a huge bunch of leafy, flowing broccoli rabe ($2), a bunch of carrots so fresh they still had dirt on them ($2), baby fennel ($3), etc.
I've been on a pretentious cooking spree all week. I enjoy telling my wife that for dinner we're having "sauteed broccoli rabe over fettuccine finished with a shallot butter." :)
The market also had eggs from real pasture chickens (i.e. old MacDonald's chickens rather than McDonald's chickens), organic milk, cheeses, meats, and seafood (one guy was selling diver scallops the size of coffee saucers for $15/lb!).
Anyway, if you find yourself in NYC anytime soon, I *highly* recommend you check out this market.