Last month I visited the greatest city on earth, narrowly escaping Hurricane Sandy. I arrived in New York by train the Friday before the storm hit. I had planned to stay through Monday, but by the time I awoke on Saturday morning, the weather reports were growing more intimidating. When I turned on the t.v. and the first thing I saw was Mayor Bloomberg briefing New Yorkers on storm preparations, I knew I had to cut the trip short. I called Amtrak, booked the 3AM trip home, and decided to get out and make the most of my only full day in the city.
From my hotel in Midtown, I started downtown and walked all day. In the course of my wanderings, I stopped at an empanada foodtruck called Nuchas and bought some graffiti style art from an artist named Elinor a really cool Brooklyn-based artist who sells her work in the streets of New York. Later that day I met my friend Kristin, originally from VA, in the East Village at a restaurant called Cafe Himalaya. How often do you get to eat at a hole in the wall, BYOB Tibetan food restaurant?!?! I ate light at the Tibetan restaurant, so that I could fit in one final small meal – a falafel sandwich. Man, I love New York!!!
I especially loved the GrowNYC’s GreenMarket, in Union Square Park, and I spent a lot of time there. This farmers’ market has been in operation since 1976 and features 140 regional farmers, fishermen, and bakers. It’s huge!
Because it didn’t make sense for me to buy produce while on travel, I just decided to slow down and take in my surroundings. Not having a shopping list or any real time restrictions allowed me to do that well. A long camera lens allowed me, from a distance, to photograph people literally “connecting with their food”…
O.k., so maybe this wasn’t food. Not sure what it was, really.
They handled these squash and gourds for for quite a while.
I was far enough away that I could not hear what they were saying, but I imagined their conversation at this point might have been a little on the dirty side. lol!
I really loved watching the children take delight in fruits and vegetables.
Maybe they were less excited about the farmers’ market than they would have been in the cereal aisle at a supermarket, but they were certainly more curious.
This little girl had just been scolded by her parents for touching the raw seafood in the cooler. If only they noticed the hand-to-mouth action that followed. lol!
GrowNYC is more than just a market; it’s a community. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, GrowNYC customers purchased 10,000 pounds of fresh produce via their Donate-A-Bag program to feed hungry New Yorkers and relief workers. GrowNYC has also organized volunteers to provide assistance to school and community gardens damaged by the storm.
If you’re interested in learning more, check out the GrowNYC Greenmarket website for information and inspiration!