Throughout the year, micro farmers markets pop up all over Manhattan, including one a block away from me at City Hall Park. GrowNYC is a "grow-your-own market with rigorous producer standards." One of the produce vendors I shopped yesterday told me that GrowNYC does regular site visits to ensure that these standards are maintained.
Our one-block long market doesn't offer the extravaganza that one finds at the big Union Square location, but there is always enough beautiful fresh produce to build several meals around. Here's a simple summer meal I was inspired to make for dinner tonight:
Crab & Corn Chowder (using Mark Bittman's "The Minimalist's Corn Chowder" recipe as a base: http://www.nytimes.com/2000/08/23/dining/the-minimalist-don-t-toss-out-the-cobs.html
Garden Greens (from my Maine garden) with Roasted Golden Beets & Goat Cheese
Martha Stewart's Peach Slab Pie