The Farmer’s Markets in Union Square are the best place to be in NYC on a Saturday morning. At any time of the year the Square is full of bustle and seasonal colors and tastes, but there is something special about this time of the year when pumpkins take on a magical quality. While there is no pretence that most of these golden gourds are better to look at than consume ( same story x 10 with the stalked brussels sprouts! ), the process of choosing a perfect pumpkin is a study in style. Children opt for size and impact in the haunting of Halloween. Squash and butternut become pies, bagels and even pumpkin salted caramels. Gourds are gorgeous just for their geometrics. But no wonder the local hoarders prefer nuts. As I paused at the back end of a truck piled with potential pumpkin purchases, a squirrel dug around the park in anticipation of burying his Thanksgiving feast. He saw me, hesitated, and then bounded away – pumpkins may be too big to bury, but nuts are definitely too small to share…
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Great photos , I have not seen sprouts in their former glory before, very impressive!
I remember visiting Union Square in 2003 good memories
Yes – I remember that day – you had a gala apple & they have reminded me of you ever since!
What an abundance of colourful vegetables, pies, tarts and lastly squirrels ….just wonderful….I wouldn’t mind some of those … Pumpkin Spice Salted Caramels….great photos. X
We loved seeing all the pumpkins on people’s front steps and the houses decked out ready for Halloween. Great action shot of the squirrel too!
Yes – can you believe that shot! He was digging away quite contentedly a couple of feet from me and suddenly made the leap. Maybe I will make the National Geographic yet…