Last Sunday I went uptown to the market on 77th and Columbus. While at this time of year this Greenmarket is fairly small, it's surrounded year-round by Green Flea, the Venus fly trap of flea markets with a stock of jewelry, old furniture and imported knick knacks. Here you can while away hours sipping hot cider and browsing for 1950's coffee tables or Peruvian sweaters.
Since the holidays have managed to linger, for some, the question of what to you get your boss/great aunt/favorite neighbor of a certain age, remains. Poinsettias may be a bit traditional but they are gorgeously red or white and are perfect for someone who has everything. Add a few bulbs to your gift and they can treat it like a Christmas tree. Chris Emmerich, from Emmerich Greenhouses, has luscious ones for sale. Catch him in the spring and you'll find pansies, tulips and daffodils. Summer will bring a huge array of fresh cut flowers. Don't see what you like? Ask him and he'll consider it for next year.
• At Tree-Licious Orchards: all apple varieties, $1.50/lb; blueberry and apple pies, $6 and $12; muffins, $1.50 ea.
• At Emmerich Greenhouses: poinsettias, $4 – $25 ea; fresh cut flowers, $5; Amaryllis, $10; cyclamen, $8.
77th Street and Columbus Greenmarket is located at, well, 77th St. and Columbus in Manhattan.