Here on NYC’s Upper West Side, we have an incredible greenmarket. This year-round neighborhood staple, located on 97th Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues, offers (not just) fruit, there are all kinds of sweets, too. The past week, the stands teemed with tomatoes, squash, apples, artisanal cheeses, honey, cakes, cookies, plants, chocolate, even turkeys– all grown and produced by local farmers. If some of the city’s best chefs create their menus from what they find here, there’s no reason to look any further than your city’s greenmarket for this year’s Thanksgiving shopping– especially, when all of the produce is fresh and relatively inexpensive.
Take the basic plum tomato. Last Friday, I had the opportunity to meet a local tomato farmer, hand-pick about 2 pounds of ripe plum tomatoes, (all organic and local), and create a delicious side of roasted tomatoes. All you need for this simple dish is a garlic bulb, olive oil, coarse salt, and some crusty bread, and you’ve got a start to your Thanksgiving feast!
Check out more market photos below…. Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!