B is for…Buying Local

Apples at the Green Market

My daughter and I recently visited the Union Square Green Market in New York City.  As we meandered through the crowd of women pulling market baskets and dads pushing strollers, we examined the local flavors:  Rooftop honey.  Grass-fed meats and eggs.  Jams from luscious berries.  Seasonal produce.

My daughter grabbed a heavenly apple from a nearby wooden crate; the tantalizing nectar tempting her to take a bite.  Since she often rebuffs fruit at home, I was delighted, to say the least, when the juice cascaded down her chin.   I bought a few more apples for the road along with a pint of freshly pressed pear cider.

Markets are a fantastic way to discover the cities you visit.  You can experience the customs, dress, dialect and crafts of the region, as well as grab a healthy snack for your family or a souvenir to bring home.  This all while supporting the local small businesses.

Whether it’s a corner farmer’s stand or a city-center bazaar, seek out the local market wherever your travels take you.

Some of my favorite markets in the world are:

  • Las Ramblas, Barcelona, Spain – colorful flowers, birds, books and more along a long vibrant boulevard
  • Viktualienmarkt, Munich, Germany – farmer’s market featuring sausages, fresh produce, Bavarian specialties and, of course, a beer garden
  • Union Square Green Market, New York City – features seasonal produce, organic meats and eggs, local baked goods and works by local artists

What are your favorite or most interesting markets you’ve visited?  Please share in the comments below.

Viktualienmarkt in Munich, Germany

 

 

Mushrooms at the Green Market, Union Square, NYC