Sunday, March 28, 2010

Farmers Market Bliss

The Union Square Farmers Market is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. I go every Monday morning after the gym to pick up our apples for the week and a few veggies before heading to Trader Joes to stock up on a few other staples (first thing in the am is the only time when the line doesn't snake around the entire store!). Admittedly though, Monday is probably the slowest day of all for the market - the fewest vendors - and I'm sure its even quieter during the winter months. A few more vendors have started to appear, but by far, Saturday is the biggest day for the market.

The air was crisp (35* F yesterday) but the sun was shining so Woody and I took a trip down to the market to see what we could come home with. There were a ton of flower vendors, several stands selling fish, meats or cheeses, apples, root vegetables, baked goods. And of course, the market was buzzing with locals and tourists alike. I absolutely love the market and I encourage anyone who lives here or is visiting, to make sure the Union Square farmers market is on the 'must go' list.

We saw apples as big as my head (okay, this does seem a bit odd, but only these crispin apples were so large)
We stopped for a quick picture
Here's our loot: bag of mixed potatoes, one regular potato, turnips, leeks, onions and apples. I forgot to pull out the free range turkey breast Woody got from a NY state farmer. We had a little at dinner last night - delicious! Turnips and leeks are the two ingredients we haven't used before and are looking forward to trying. I think I may roast the turnips with the potatoes, carrots and onions for a nice side dish. We'd love any suggestions you might have for either the turnips or leeks!

Have you tried a new veggie, grain or fruit lately? Have you added it to your regular rotation?

Workout Stats -
I have kept my word and didn't go to the gym yesterday or today. My foot is feeling a bit better but definitely not 100% yet. The first step or two are still a bit painful. It comes and goes, so I need to be careful today and take care of it. I'm not used to waking up on the weekend and not going to the gym or going out for a run, so it's been a bit weird for me. My day seems a bit off without that energetic start, but I am getting a few more minutes of sleep!



Garden Runner said...

Lisa- Yes I'm a huge proponent of Hammer Nutrition. I will honestly never use any other brand of supplements or nutrition again after using Hammer. I've been using it for just over a year and just love it.

I'm jealous of your trip to the farmers market. Looks like you picked up some killer grub. I'll have to try the tuna with hummus. I'm a lover of quinoa and hummus mixed together to make "mashed quinoa". Great substitute to mashed potatoes. Love your blog!

Toni MCalister said...

Ha! I'm new to running and the whole health food part of it...its touch and go. The pics make it look yummy :-) Thanx!

Katie @ Health for the Whole Self said...

So jealous of your farmers' market!!! We go once a week, but it'd be great to be able to go multiple times!

christina MINDFUL LIVING said...

loveee farmers markets! and huge apples hahaha looks like a nice weekend ;)

Marathonman101108 said...

My 2 cents on Hammer Nutrition: Great! OK, so you went to the farmers market in the "Big Apple" and saw a big apple?! Makes sense to me! Looks like a good place to shop. By the way, I still love NY even though I got a $115 parking ticket when I was there last Sunday for the half! Grrr...I hope your foot issues disappear quickly. Have a great week-it's supposed to hit 80 degrees by the end of the week!!

NY Wolve said...

Love the leeks! Too funny -- I saw them there last week and thought Wow! those are the biggest leeks I have ever seen. What would I do with them! So I didn't buy them. But nice to see them in a pic.

Robyn said...

Ooooh I've never gone to the farmer's market (yes I've lived here for over 3 years) but maybe I will today. SO excited :)