This week at Thompson Square Farmer's Market, what should have been slim pickings was in greater abundance than ever. We arrived at 6 pm, expecting picked-over stone fruit and corn with ripped husks, only to find baskets filled to the brim of summer bounty at peak. Some highlights: Evolutionary Organics of New Paltz, NY: Tomato Highlights: German Pink Heirlooms, Boxcar Willy, Black Pimm Heirlooms, and Annais Noire, a new green variety that gain pinkish stripes when ripe. All $3.50/lb. Peppery Mustard Greens, especially tasty in chiffonade form as a salad enhancer ($3/ 1/4 lb), mild and sweet lemon cucumbers ($2/lb), and thicker skinned white cucumbers ($2/lb). Norwich Meadows Farm of Norwich, NY: Husk cherries, also known as husk tomatoes. Peel n' eat for a mildly sweet snack with a pleasant vegetal acidity ($10/lb). Baby purple cabbage, user-friendly for those of us who don't want to be eating cabbage for a week after buying one head, $3/each. Red Jacket Orchards of Geneva, NY: Plums galore: The more mild Green Gage and Empress, and Burbank, with a richer, fermented plum wine-y flavor, all $3/lb. Sweet-as-ever donut peaches, $3/lb Stannard Farms of Vineyard Haven, MA Purple peppers so plump and purple you'd think they're eggplants (75 cents each), and peach tomatoes ($3/lb), which caused quite the stir. In a five minute period, half a dozen people asked if the fuzz covered tomatoes were actually peaches.
For a listing of all NYC Greenmarkets, visit the Council on The Environment for NYC's website and click on "Greenmarket."- Nora S.