Saturday, June 3, 2017

Sustainable Saturday - Food Coexistence

More and more, I am seeing a blending of cultures around me here in upstate New York.  It had been something I took for granted when I grew up in New York City, but, the upstate New York of today is a way different place than the upstate New York I moved to over 30 years ago.

Take the Saturday farmer's market in Ithaca, New York (about an hour from where I live), for example.  These are perfect examples of what one could call food coexistence.
Prepared food for sale included this booth, selling Tibetan and Chilean food. I'm sorry I didn't try the momos - I saw them again at a street festival earlier today, which I will blog about in the coming days.

One farmer was selling American type lettuce and rainbow chard, and Asian greens. (Senposai is a favorite of ours - we can not buy it where we live).

The same farmer was selling something called Vivid Choi.  Have any of my readers tried this?

A couple of vendors were selling cheese in a European style.

But most of all, there is one thing that speaks all languages - flowers.  Years ago, you didn't find markets in the United States selling flowers.  Now, it seems that all of them do.

Did you visit a farmer's market today?

9 comments:

  1. Vivid choi? Have to wonder if the purple variety tastes markedly different than the green book choi that is so common. Let me know if you try it.

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    1. We didn't buy it, alas, and that market is an hour from where we live. We only had eyes for the semposai, something we've tried to grow without much success.

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  2. I had every intention of visiting the farmer's market today, but spent it rescuing hostas that were damaged by voles. I have tried several items over the last year that I received from Blue Apron that I'd never heard of before. Like Persian cucumbers.

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    1. I'm not sure if I've had Persian cucumbers. I've had Armenian cukes - I'll have to see if they are the same. (I used to grow lemon cukes long ago, but have gotten a little less adventurous.)

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  3. Never heard of vivid choi before. I love momos.

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  4. Never seen a Vivid Choi before. Even here the farmers market is a mix of different vegetables from different places. Along with Lebanese cucumber is the Asian bok choy and Indian bitter gourd.

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  5. Love your photos and observations. I don't often get to a food market, just when I visit my son and daughter-in-law who live 4 hours away. I've never looked at the stalls from the coexistence point of view, but will do so next time. :-) Thanks for the post.
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  6. I'm totally new to these. It's wonderful to see many cultures blending in. Thanks for sharing the photos. :D

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  7. It's amazing what's becoming more and more readily available.

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