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Market Salutes Homer With Simpson Lettuce and Doughnut Peaches

From the overpoweringly fragrant cantaloupes to the increasingly colorful tomatoes and peppers, everything at the market sells itself these days — the vendors just try to keep up. But on the northwest corner of Union Square, you can enjoy some old-fashioned salesmanship: With his dapper suits and British-Australian accent, Joe Ades has been perfecting his patter for fifteen years, slicing carrots into strips with the imported Star peeler and offering to sell the very one he’s using to guarantee there’s no scam.

Lobsters Roll In, Fiddleheads Advance, and Ramps Retreat

Cool weather and rain have made for a slow growing season thus far, while also creating the ideal conditions for fiddlehead ferns, which sprout in damp, wooded areas and more than compensate for sun-bathing weather in our book.

Wild Dandelion Greens and Field-Grown Rhubarb Kick Off the Growing Season

The Greenmarket is looking more like dinner as all those inedible flowers make way for an increasing variety of produce. We’re not going totally locavore just yet, especially since the picking at gourmet markets is getting better by the day. But if need be, it could be done.

Getting Fresh With Extra-Local Lettuce and Immature Eggs

There’s already lovely salad to be had, and farms south of the city are beginning to pull up the first shoots of green garlic and chives; farmers upstate report that early crops will be harvested the moment the ground warms up enough.

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.

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.

The Silkiest Pumpkin, P.C. Pâté, and Summer in Jars

Take a hint from the squirrels gathering acorns in Union Square and drag home bags of heavy storage foods like apples, onions, and potatoes. That way you'll be stocked for hearty cold-weather meals.