In the middle of January, on my way to the subway, I was surprised to see an organic farm market at Union Square. Turns out this is a weekly occurrence, through the GreenMarketprogram, operated since 1976 by the Council on the Environment of New York City. Almost 200 local farmers, fishers and bakers  sell what they grow, raise, catch and bake themselves, at 44 locations in the five boroughs. No middlemen or brokers allowed. So the members of the world’s largest eco-commune don’t even have to leave their tree-hugging hippie paradise to shop locally-grown and organic.

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