It's been a while since I have given you all a true idea of how bountiful the stands are at the Union Square farmers market in late summer.
The time has now arrived for a pretty long show and tell. Let's start off calmly, with these pastel hydrangeas.
We can increase the tempo just a bit with some dahlias.
Now it's time to start collecting some freshly picked veg, like these splendid okra samples. They make a great addition to curries.
This same stand is one of my favorites. They are at Union Square on Wednesdays, and have a slightly smaller set up on Sundays on the sidewalk behind the Museum of Natural History.
When I make my purchases, I will say "See you Sunday" or "See you Wednesday."
This vast array of radishes and carrots of many colors is at another farmers stand.
I particularly like the wide variety of lettuces that they sell,at reasonable prices.
Another nearby stand has brilliant arrays of spicy peppers. These are all too hot for me, but I admire their visual beauty.
Oh look at the colors of these zinnias!
Some of the stands feature both produce and flowers. I am leaving some of the surrounding area in these pictures so that you all might have a better idea of the scale and set up of the market.
There are quite a few bakery stands, under sheltering umbrellas. I think this picture is too shady to show the deep teal blue green of this shopper's hair.
Let's see some more dahlias. If you squint your eyes and look at this photo, the flowers almost look like daffodil blooms, with white edges and pink or coral trumpets.
Aren't these colors beautiful?
These flowers have a bit sharper spice to their colors.
Here's another vista view showing you more of how the market is arranged along the western and northern edges of Union Square, and how tall buildings are just across the surrounding streets.
Here is another sweet pastel display amid all the shining bright produce.
Sunflowers get their own aisle under this large umbrella.
Bright sunny and cooler shadowy areas make for pleasant browsing.
The success of Union Square's market lead to many restaurants opening nearby. You will often see chefs shopping for very large quantities of fruit and veg for their kitchens. However, now many area landlords are demanding very high rents for the restaurant spaces, so some of the original restaurants are having to relocate, trying not to move too far away.
It's definitely corn season, and this fellow was restocking his stand from huge baskets he'd carried over from where his truck was parked nearby.
New varieties of potted plants also begin to appear as September begins.
Chrysanthemums were all over the place!
Here's a real parade of plants.
I thought this purple kale was beautiful. I didn't buy any, but definitely wanted to take a photograph.
Leaving the northern end of the Square, I saw another city view that I thought might give an idea of the area. You can see some of the large trucks the farmers drive in from their farms, mostly in New Jersey or in "upstate" New York.
On that particular market day, I took a Madison Avenue bus uptown to take care of a few errands. When I got off the bus, I enjoyed a bit of window shopping. We've been having one of the weeks when the fashion designers show their designs to store buyers and wealthy patrons and celebrities.
This also means that windows of designer shops like that of Missoni, that I show here, want to put on a good show.
I thought that Missoni's chosen fall palette was interesting. I've always liked all the zigs and zags and stripes of the company's designs. The reflections in the window's glass add something to the collage of color and shapes.
I'm hoping that you all have enjoyed a farmers market visit and a taste of Madison Avenue fashion.
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