New York's Greenmarkets - Meatless Monday with Katie Cizewski

Making the choice to give up meat on Mondays is one thing - maybe you will decide to order a veggie burger instead of a beef burger or you'll have the gnocchi in leu of the steak frites - but taking the opportunity to enjoy and celebrate a vegetarian meal is what Meatless Monday is really all about, or at least, what it should be about.  Eating vegetarian is good for the environment and good for your body.  So why not make it good for your taste buds as well? The first requirement for making a great meal is having great ingredients to cook with.  And what makes an ingredient great?  For the vegetarian grocery list the answer is simple.  Look for vegetables that are fresh, local, and organic.  And where will you have the best luck finding the best vegetables?  Another simple answer.  There are currently over fifty active greenmarkets in the five boroughs of New York City with over eighty producers.  What that means is that there are more fresh, local, and organic vegetables out there than you can probably prepare on every Monday for the rest of the year.  That's good news for the Meatless Monday crowd.

On a recent trip to the Tompkins Square Park Greenmarket I found peppers in every color, enough apples to feed an army, pumpkins, potatoes, and tomatoes, farm fresh cheese and bread, local honey, ciders, shallots, turnips and radishes.  The Tompkins Square Park Greenmarket happens every Sunday along Avenue A.  Stop by here or at the greenmarket in your neighborhood to stock up for a Meatless Monday celebratory feast.