Greenmarket Report: Tompkins Square

Greenmarket Report: Tompkins Square

Jan 26, 2007

Since November, a few farmers have dropped from Tompkins Square Greenmarket (don't worry, they'll return in the spring) and the market has lightened up a bit. However, Stannard Farm saves the day.

They still have a huge offering of veggies – they even have tomatoes. What is a farm stand doing with tomatoes in January? I'm not entirely sure, except that they pick them when they're green and in January they're red and apparently edible. Over those I would recommend, however, the carrots, beets or potatoes. But if you're as tired of roasted root vegetables as I am, you need a new song and dance for those delights of the dirt.

Foodie At Large

Name: David
Lives: East Village
Occupation: film maker; photographer. Visit his website here
Buying: carrots
Other shopping bag items: mesclun, onions, Bosc pears
Favorite cookbooks: New York Times Cookbook by Craig Claiborne, Joy of Cooking - his mother's old copy

David has been a Greenmarket shopper since the beginning. Today he's just getting some of the basics, but when Tompkins is in full swing he does most of his shopping there.

Currently he's working on a project about the relationship between Andy Warhol and William S. Boroughs. Andy Warhol never shied away from color, and neither should you. While this time of year we don't usually see much, you can still evoke a bit of fall in your dinner.

With the benefit of a juicer, my roommate and I recently made a colorful carrot coconut milk chicken dish. Rub the chicken in some herbs - like cilantro - and spices - like cumin - and throw in some carrots and red onions. Bake it in the carrot juice that's been mixed with coconut milk and ginger. You could also add potatoes, beets or nearly any cellar veggies you have around to finish the masterpiece.

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