17 Jun2005

Here are some photos from my last visit to the Union Square Market before aa1I return to Manila. Not much commentary as the trip has been totally crazed and it’s down to the wire of shopping, packing, etc. Just revel in the variety of Spring produce on offer (with some stuff left over from the winter)…wish I were here to capture the summer bounty but it’s time to head back home. The first photo in this “market album” are just picked stalks of rhubarb, a classic spring find that is great in rhubarb and strawberry pies, rhubarb compotes and other desserts…

Ruby Crescent Potatoes…


French radishes (with white tips) and young leeks…


Pots of purple sage, mint and wheatgrass…


Edible orange nasturtiums…


Delicious ramps (a flavor cross between mild onions and garlic, superb just braised in butter)…


Pheasant and wild turkey eggs (beside a poultry seller that had pheasant, wild turkey, free range chickens, etc.)…


Sugar snap peas that were crisp and very sweet…


Mutsu apples from last Fall (they keep well in cold barns)…




Flowering chives…




  1. Mila says:

    Wonderful pictures! Thank you.
    It’s the 1st anniversary of the Salcedo Market today, so can’t help but think of your posts when I go shop there. I was also told that a new outdoor market just opened at the Legaspi park, this time on Sunday mornings.
    Have a safe and bumpy-less ride back.

    Jun 18, 2005 | 12:18 pm


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  3. Marketman says:

    Mila I actually snuck into Manila just in time to attend the one year anniversary of Salcedo Market. I left a few posts to be released while I was in transit and a few days after arrival so I could get my bearings and get over jet lag which seems to get worse as I get older. If any of my photos come out I will be doing a brief post on the anniversary soon.

    Jun 20, 2005 | 6:33 pm

  4. Woody says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading about your New York trip. You talked about all the places I go to when I visit, including the church, which is the parish of my son. 2 favorite places of mine were not mentioned. City Bakery on 18th near 5th, just north of Union Sq, for the most delicious hot chocolate (or iced hot chocolate in the summer), and Di Palo in Soho for the best of Italian cheese, vinegars, olive oils, etc. I love your web site, keep up the good work!

    Jun 27, 2005 | 2:12 pm

  5. Marketman says:

    Woody glad you enjoyed the NY posts; it is a city that I love and consider a second home. I have to try the two places you mentioned as I have not been to either. Just too much to do in the Big Apple. Thanks for visiting the marketmanila website.

    Jun 27, 2005 | 5:48 pm

  6. Woody says:

    Correction. Di Palo is in Little Italy, not Soho. It’s at Grand and Moss. Don’t miss it, you will absolutely flip! But don’t go on week-ends. I have waited in line for up to 2 hours to get served! Go at odd hours while all the New Yorkers are at work.

    Jun 28, 2005 | 8:57 am

  7. tina says:

    Hi,MM. So glad to see you are in the Big Apple. The next time you come around NYC, let me know and I will take you to little known streets and restaurants I love and maybe you, too and now that fall is almost there, it is absolutely gorgeous with all the yellow, gold, red foliage. So many things to do, museums to see, pumpkin and apple picking, wine tasting and that is why New York has so much energy and culture and I love it. Thanks for having such an informative blog.

    Sep 16, 2009 | 7:55 pm

  8. sister says:

    Marketman has been in Di Paolo, he probably doesn’t remember because we used to go there years ago for fresh mozzarella before Citarella, et al. began to carry all the Italian goodies.

    Sep 18, 2009 | 6:03 pm


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