A Little Bit Of Home by Rachel Tenney

fter moving to the New York, one of the biggest things I have learned is how many things I really loved about home. I think that anyone who has ever moved or lived in another place can relate when I say that no matter where you go, home is always home.

I will be the first person to admit, that I am definitely a food-lover (although honestly, I don’t know anyone who isn’t!). One of my favorite things about home was the abundance of farmer’s markets and homemade food stands that pop up everywhere around this time of year. I absolutely loved picking my own fresh fruit and veggies, and getting to meet the people who put the time and love into growing them. But now living in a jungle of skyscrapers, one can assume that there really aren’t any farms within a 10 minute drive or metro ride.

For some reason unbeknownst to me, this week in particular I was feeling a bit homesick. But rather than sit inside all day, I decided that I would take a walk around the city, and get to know my new home a bit better. After a bit of exploring, I looked at the map on my phone to get a sense of where I was, and found that I was quite close to Union Square. I had never been there before, and thought it a good idea to check it out. I walked a few blocks, and soon found myself surrounded by fresh cherries, blueberries, apricots, zucchini, spinach, kale, fresh cut flowers, homemade jam… and a million other delicious fruits and vegetables laid out on tables. I had stumbled upon a farmer’s market in the middle of Manhattan, the Union Square Greenmarket to be exact. It wasn’t long before my arms were filled with delicious veggies, and some mint leaves along with a special mojito recipe (the Copa makes amazing ones!). Getting through the turnstiles to the subway with my bags wasn’t easy, but oh was worth it.

Now, I visit the Union Square Greenmarket almost every week, and every week I feel as though I have a little bit of home with me. There are so many amazing things to discover in this city, even when you’re not even looking.