By Laura Werling
Day by day, things are changing in New York City, and as the bustling world of Manhattan rushes by me, I realize how even the most obscure things are extremely accessible in this city. It becomes more and more apparent how much option is available and how many choices I can make just by being here. Of all the abundance in the city, one of the best things about New York is the food; and where better to get it than the freshest of fresh places, the Farmer’s Market? Luckily, there happens to be a market full of fresh food on almost every corner, like Starbucks. That may be a slight exaggeration, but with over 25 markets in Manhattan, over 15 in Brooklyn, and more in Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island, there’s bound to be one that you cross paths with at one point or another. Many of them offer sponsored sustainability initiatives like compost drop off, textiles recycling, and rechargeable battery recycling, which, to be honest, makes the whole experience feel better, right? Plus, the farmers who sell in the markets are all local, coming from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and various other places in the New England area.
Occasionally leaving this bubble we call Manhattan reminds me that we have it pretty good when it comes to fresh food and diet-specific options, i.e. gluten-free, raw, vegan, non-dairy, etc. The market I frequent on Saturday mornings is the one in the West Village in Abingdon Square Market. Its neighborhood charm isn’t the only thing that draws me; this market has been bringing local farmers to the Village since 1994, and provides an incredible selection of foods. The bright colors and textures of the fresh produce and the smell of the blooming flora are enough to make you want to stroll around the market for hours. Vegetables, fruit, fresh caught fish, farmstead goat and cows milk cheeses, hot apple cider, microbatch juices, organic baked goods, flowers, turkey, and pasture-raised eggs are among the selection here, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg of what all the markets have to offer in New York.
Let’s not forget about the style part of this Weekend Style Guide. Most people are fresh out of bed early in the morning to go to the market, or coming from the gym, so let’s assume that effortless chic is what we’re going for. Think Gabrielle Chanel, before the designer, when she wore her lovers’ oxford shirts and men’s striped fishing tees. I think menswear as womenswear works well for a morning at the market, not too much thought needs to be given to it.
Anyways, isn’t that always the best way to dress? I always look and feel my best when I’m comfortable and free. Perhaps a nice oversize wool knit sweater from Vince, http://www.vince.com, a few blocks down at 833 Washington St., and a great big (PETA friendly) tote from Stella McCartney nearby on 14th St. Do something good for yourself and your family, and head to your local Farmer’s Market this weekend; recycle some things, support local farmers, and feed yourself with natural, nourishing, and fresh food.