Il Mercato

To Market, To Market

Here are a few of my faves…

  • The Farmer’s Market, or as city folk call it, The Greenmarket. You can’t beat a good, old-fashioned farmer’s market for fresh, local produce, baked goods, cheeses, etc. My market picks? Union Square on Wednesdays and Grand Army Plaza (Brooklyn) on Saturdays. Visit to find one near you.
  • Trader Joe’s. This inexpensive food emporium makes me feel like a kid in a candy store. The location in Union Square has a wine shop next door (hello, 2-buck-Chuck!) but I usually head for the Court St. location in Brooklyn Heights. You must try the Chipotle Hummus, Salsa Verde and frozen ready-t0-eat edamame  Their sushi is surprisingly good and they even offer brown rice varieties.
  • Adam’s Fairacre Farms, Poughkeepsie, New York. If you ever find yourself in the Hudson Valley, be sure to make a trip to Adam’s. I liken this family-run joint as an indoor farmer’s market with the convenience of a traditional grocery store. The produce is always fresh and much less expensive than nearby Stop ‘n Shop.
  • Wegmans, various locations in Central New York, New Jersey and Virginia. I grew up at this place, heck, I even went here after my junior prom. Ranked the #1 grocery chain in America, it is home to one of the biggest bulk sections I’ve ever seen. Anyone from Central New York will tell you that “Weggies” is the place to be.

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