Markets are vibrant, exciting places where you can usually find a mix of people and products. They suggest a time when commerce was more personal. Whenever I have the chance to explore markets (like supermarkets) I take it—and can easily spend hours browsing the stalls, trying samples, and talking to vendors eager to make a sale. (I also just like to see what people are buying.)
I was in Union Square on Monday and caught the tail end of the day's farmers' market (there is a regular farmers' market and a seasonal holiday market that appear in Union Square). The remaining stalls were still bustling though wares had thinned considerably. I couldn't resist dawdling just a bit, and you're invited to linger with me. The Union Square market gives us a unique look at "local" life, drawing in people and products from the area. And it gives us a look at local agriculture—there's more to local New York foods than "dirty water dogs."