even if you come to new york from a haven of farmer's markets - like me, in southern california - where i think it is possible to go to several farmer's markets daily in lieu of ralph's if you were so inclined - you really should still go check out the legendary greenmarket in nyc's union square. it is a special experience in such an urban setting - this is not only a destination, but a place that many people simply must pass through in their efforts to get elsewhere, so it provides for wonderful people watching and a truly new york experience. clearly, things must keep moving in nyc at all times, as you can see from this video of alice waters explaining how she shops the greenmarket. that other customer just cannot wait for her fruit, she must get in there! she must get her berries as quickly as possible, cameras be damned! hustle bustle, hustle bustle. don't be confused by the lush array of vegetable and plants -it sure is new york city, after all.
here's the print article (with recipes) in case you can't get the video to load.