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Farmers’ Market a Trove of Fresh Produce

Posted by admin On October - 28 - 2009  Print  Email  

marketWalking along 160th Street in Jamaica, one day, five years ago, I stumbled upon the Farmers’ Market. Before that, I had no idea such a place existed in Queens. Ever since I arrived in this country, ten years ago, I’ve been buying vegetables and fruits from a huge outlet on Liberty Avenue. Imagine my glee when I came upon this treasure trove of fresh of the land produce.

Neatly lining the edge of the pavement at the far end of the street were stalls packed with shiny fruits and healthy vegetables. I savoured them with my eyes and imagined the crunchiness of the carrots, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower and the succulent sweetness of the corn still nesting in the skin, when I settle down to dinner with later that night.

Then I wandered to another stall, the scent of fresh herbs, grouped into little bunches, leaves firm with freshness, was overwhelming. I reached for the curly leafed parsley, cilantro, mint and chives, with the strong scent of earth still clinging to their roots. I quickly paid for the purchases and glanced excitedly around for more edible treasures.

The fruits were next. Cantaloupe, plums, apples, watermelon, mangoes and black seedless grapes. I snapped them up and plunked them into my bulging bag. Huge round tomatoes were next. I couldn’t stop myself. My arms were aching with the two bags I carried but I wanted more of the fresh produce, fearful, that I may never find the place again.

But I did, over and over again. I returned after that initial visit when I learned that the Jamaica Farmers’ Market opened ever Friday and Saturday, from 8.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. I still do, but sometimes in winter the venders whom I have come to appreciate and of course, their produce, were not there and I would have to return to Liberty Avenue, once again, for my vital supplies.

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Hi. My name is Susan Gosine-Herrera. I live in Queens, New York. This news blog is my way of highlighting all the interesting things, people and events I come across in this part of New York. If you have an interesting immigrant story or know of one or of an interesting immigrant, I will be happy to feature that story in these pages. Just send an email and I will be in touch. Meanwhile, live like a tourist, enjoy all you can, before you move on.

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