The actress Katharine Hepburn helped establish Dag Hammarskjold Park on East 47th Street in the Turtle Bay neighborhood of Manhattan, where she owned a home. Dag Hammarskjold was a former Secretary General of the United Nations, and the United Nations is across the street from the park's First Avenue side.
Every Wednesday, the small park is transformed into a lovely farmer's market. It's a quieter place than the larger Union Square Greenmarket on 14th Street. The scale is smaller, both the number of vendors and the size of their tents. The pace is slower, the interactions more intimate, it seemed to me, a place where vendors take time to describe and discuss their wares in greater detail than at the more bustling market downtown. There are benches nearby from which you can watch the dogs who've come out with their shoppers, or just admire the beauty of the fruits, flowers and vegetables. It is, in a way, a micro vacation from the heavily trafficked, hectic streets nearby.
Here's a salad made of ingredients bought at the farmers' market and used the same day--red oak leaf lettuce, low-acid yellow tomatoes, yellow kirby cumbers, roughly chopped fresh parsley and one red radish. No dressing. Not necessary with this freshness and flavor!
The yellow summer squash held its color beautifully, as you can see. But the red onions bleached out. I was hoping for a fuchsia and gold combo but I guess it was not to be...
The real lesson was with the beans I bought. See the uncooked snips of beans in the tiny pink bowl? The eggplant colored beans are in the mix of cooked ones. Can you find them? I barely could. They are the beans that look slightly greyish next to the other green beans. Nope, it's not the lighting, but the beans which, after a brief steaming, lost all their purple except for the muddiness. What frauds those little beans turned out to be! (Delicious, though.)