They say you either love it or you hate it. Living in a city, that is.
And I love it.
I love the crowded streets, the subways, the diversity. And the food. Don’t even get me started on the food. The majority of my time has been spent in Manhattan… except now I live in Queens… and I want to move to Brooklyn. Why Brooklyn?
(a) Based on our salaries and the fact that we do not want to live in a box, Manhattan is too expensive.
(b) Brooklyn houses the second largest park in the city: Prospect Park. If we live near a park, it’s mandatory to have a small puppy (duh). Central park is out of the question (see above).
(c) Close proximity to the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket.
(d) I have access to cupcakes from a truck.
Say hello to Cupcake Stop. As if this needs an explanation – it’s a mobile truck that parks in various parts of the city and sells delicious little cupcakes. It’s like a dream come true!
Most recently, we picked up a carrot cake cupcake and a blueberry cheesecake cupcake. Before you say anything, yes, I have tried their red velvet and yes, it is delicious. I was trying to branch out.
After devouring said cupcakes, we walked over to the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket.
There’s something about walking through a farmer’s market that makes me want to eat only locally grown fruits and veggies. That’s the point, right? After reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma last summer (an excellent read, by the way) I went through a phase where I ate little to no red meat, and when I did it was only local or grass-fed. I like the idea of this, but it’s harder (and more expensive) than one might think.
What is easy, however, is supporting local farmers and buying every day products from the greenmarket. I hope these photos inspire you to purchase more local ingredients in your area. The difference between fresh produce you pick up at a greenmarket versus what you buy at a grocery store is unparalleled, and the quality will definitely shine through in your cooking.
Maybe next year this will become my neighborhood market.