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Union Square Bursts Into Bloom

Farmers are just now planting seed; if storage potatoes and onions don’t scratch your spring foraging itch, greenhouse greens and a profusion of flowering plants, budding fruit-tree branches, cut flowers, and potted herbs should do it. We’ll be keeping tabs on seasonal foods at the gourmet markets until local produce is going strong.

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Foul-Weather Friends: What to Get at the Greenmarket This Winter

Holiday tents full of "unique gifts" have sprouted once more in Union Square, crowding the produce, and beginning later today, we'll be updating you on what's new at the gourmet shops, not the Greenmarket. But although some farmers take off for the season after Thanksgiving and others come only through Christmas, there's still plenty to shop for at the market this winter. Look for the following hardy offerings when the weather is above freezing.

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A Farewell to Farms: Whey-Fed Pork and Mâche Crown the Season

Next week we turn to specialty and gourmet markets in search of seasonal produce and other ingredients. We'll return to Union Square with springtime's ramps and fiddleheads; in the interim, stalwart Greenmarketers can look forward to a winter's worth of greens, onions, garlic, potatoes, and apples — not to mention fragrant rosemary garlands, cranberry-pecan sourdough, guinea hens, Christmas trees, and jars of golden pear chutney.

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The Freshest Thanksgiving Fixings

From pumpkin bisque to pecan pie, you can stock up on provisions for Thursday's feast at the Greenmarket. The farmers take Friday off, but more than usual will show up for the Thanksgiving Eve rush.

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Concord Grapes Ripen, Summer Corn Lingers On

Thanks to the cool weather, the produce at Union Square looks perky this morning, as hardier lettuces and winter squash replace their delicate summer counterparts. Even late-afternoon visitors will find the stands looking fresh. What to Look For Purple-black Concord grapes are a flavor-packed fall phenomenon. Their sweet-tart intensity is easiest to appreciate once the seeds have been separated from the aromatic flesh. Try them in sorbets and gelées, or make them into Concord-grape ketchup (recipe) ($5 per quart at Cheerful Cherry Farm, available Friday and Saturday).

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Fragrant Eggplants and Chiles That Don't Sting

The Union Square Greenmarket celebrated its 30th birthday this past Saturday, and fall officially begins at the end of the week. While the forward-thinking are canning tomatoes and hedonists are gorging on peaches and corn, farmers are talking about the Frost. Upstate farms could experience a nighttime freeze by October, but until then, the late-summer parade continues.

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