Despite Snow Storm, Union Square Greenmarket Carries On


There were eggs to be had aplenty — but you had to fish them out of the snowdrifts.

In spite of the year’s first major snowfall, the Greenmarket went on as planned today at Union Square. The tarmac was paved with slush, and the fervent locavores who make up the market’s customers in weather like this showed up in their rubber boots and vintage fur coats to shop.

An estimated 70 percent of the usual numbers of vendors were present. Many to the west of city must have arisen in the wee hours of the morning and driven through the storm. The winter market offers a constricted roster of cheeses and other dairy products, wintering-over apples, merino wool, seafood from intrepid Montauk fisher families, bad baked goods, and onions and other sturdy vegetables. Increasingly, greenhouse-grown lettuces have become available.

Some views of today’s market:

Rubber boots helped.

Intrepid apple eaters showed up in force.

The dark gray skies seemed to threaten more snow.