Heeeey, vegans! Looking for a tasty break from the holiday fair at Union Square? The Greenmarket has your back with these sweet and savory prepared vegan foods. Here’s what I discovered on a Saturday visit:
Breezy Hill Orchard offers a spectacular carrot-raisin cookie for $2.75. Filled with carrots, roasted walnuts, raisins, and oats, this is one hearty, moist, and chewy cookie. (And may I add, huge.) Do yourself a favor and buy two because you’ll undoubtedly be pining for another the next day. Generally I’m only a fan of super-sweet treats, but this cookie unexpectedly delivered taste in a big way. The addition of maple syrup packed a punch of sweetness that had me thinking I was eating some sort of waffle cookie. Breezy Hill also offers a vegan apple-cranberry tart. It looked good, but as I am not a fan of apples, I bypassed it in favor of another cookie.
Hawthorne Valley Farm offers a vast assortment of breads and baked goods. Right smack in the middle of said assortment are soft, vegan chocolate chip and walnut cookies for $1.50. Not only are the cookies delectable, but the vendors are very cheery, happily searching out the cookies with the most chips for you!
Body and Soul peddles their vegan turnovers, wraps, muffins, and cookies on Mondays and Fridays. Everything they offer is vegan. (But nothing is gluten-free.)
Keep in mind that the vendors and offerings vary by day and season. Don’t expect neon signs blinking “Vegans Welcome” — you have to ask at each booth or scan the options for the magic word. A great big thank you to the vendors who consistently remember their vegan brethren!
The Union Square Greenmarket is open year-round on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.