New York

Foraging the Union Square Green Market

New York City's Green Markets started out as an experiment in 1977.  John McPhee's New Yorker article "Giving Good Weight" describes the then twelve-month-old experiment in exquisite detail.

Today the Union Square Market alone brings fresh produce to the city from dozens of farms four days a week. In one week, our urban 'foraging' might result in:

  • a breakfast of sunny-side-up eggs with olive oil and thyme, sliced baguette with butter and fresh strawberries
  • a lunch of garlic cheddar cheese, pesto & ripe tomato sandwiches on a baguette  with cucumber spears and a peach

  • a dinner of tri-colored pasta, cherry tomatoes and goat cheese

  • a dessert of greek yogurt with strawberries and honey

It is entirely possible to stock your home entirely from the Union Square Greenmarket which operates four days a week (and where you can compost your kitchen scraps). Some favorite purveyors include:

 

 

Road Trip: New York's Schoharie Valley

New York's Schoharie Valley has a rich pre-colonial history—home to the Mohawk who had a lucrative fur trade with the French, Dutch, British and German colonists.  It was also occupied by migrating tribes of the Iroquois on its Western border. 

General George Washington's rebel troups considered the fertile Valley  "The Bread Basket of the Revolution" for growing wheat to sustain them in their fight against the British. 

The roads winding through the Valley offer spectacular views and reveal many towns whose cafés, general stores, and brick oven pizzerias are worth a stop.

This Schoharie Valley guide will help you plan your excursion. Consider a visit to Howe Caverns where you can explore the underground cavern by boat and pan for stones,  The Old Stone Museum Fort, and other historic sites

Just south of Schoharie, in neighboring Delaware County, is Bloomville's Table on Ten —a great home base from which to explore. 

Easy Textile Recycling in NYC

New Yorkers trash an average of 46 pounds of textiles per person each year. That's 193,000 tons of clothes, shoes, linens that could be reused, reincarnated into low grade fiber products (like insulation) or  redistributed as second-hand clothing.

     accepted:

  • Clean and dry clothing
  • paired shoes
  • linens
  • handbags
  • belts
  • other reusable textiles
  • (no pillows or carpeting)

 

If you're a New Yorker, your annual Lunar New Year house cleaning will be all the easier with  Grow NYC's textile recycling program.   Your Marie-Kondo-inspired purge of outgrown and threadbare cloths no longer needs to be accompanied by the guilt of tossing them in to the curb in contractor bags! 

Just drop off on a Monday or Saturday Union Square Green Market from 8-4. This program has recycled 3 million pounds since inception.   See if there is a drop off closer to you.