Am I in Havana or Manhattan? How Farmers Markets Supply Local Color

New York City, Featured

I love farmers markets: the colors, the bicycles, the social milieu, the farmers, the restauranteurs buying produce. My Moon PR office was located at Union Square West in New York City for 20 years, the site of the Union Square Greenmarket. I’ve had nearly 7,000 days strolling through Union Square on the lookout for dinner and friendly banter. When I travel, I always search out the farmer’s markets for some local color. The Project of Public Places, a nonprofit devoted to placemaking, found that a farmers market customer has an average number of 15-20 social interactions versus 1-2 at a grocery store.

On my recent trip to Cuba, I visited the farmers market in Old Havana and have included pictures from both the Union Square Greenmarket in New York City and the Havana market. See if you can tell which photos are from which place.

Over the years in New York City's Union Square Greenmarket



Havana Cuba @Nancy Moon-4861



Union Square @Nancy Moon-1053



English Lavender in New York City's Union Square Greenmarket



Havana Cuba @Nancy Moon-2342



Havana Cuba @Nancy Moon-2070



New York City's Union Square Greenmarket



Havana Cuba @Nancy Moon-2064



New York City's Union Square Greenmarket IMG_9804



Havana Cuba @Nancy Moon-1828



Havana Cuba @Nancy Moon-1819



Union Square @Nancy Moon-1025



Havana, Cuba



Union Square @Nancy Moon-1045



Havana Cuba @Nancy Moon-1797



Havana Cuba @Nancy Moon-1782



Union Square @Nancy Moon-1082



Havana Cuba @Nancy Moon-1763



Union Square @Nancy Moon-1085



Havana Cuba @Nancy Moon-1840


Many images are taken with the iPhone 6plus. Some are taken with the Canon EOS 5D MarkIII.

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  • Penelope

    Local farmer’s markets are my favorite go to places whenever I
    am in a new city.
    These photos are gorgeous
    I’m able to guess the ones in Cuba…
    I’ve just added go to the Farmers Market to my
    TO DO list. Happy picking

    • Penelope! Happy this post inspired you to put on your to-do list! Thanks for reading…. Happy weekend.

  • Diana Foster

    Fabulous photos

    • Thank you so much. YOU have gorgeous photos…..enjoying yours too. @disqus_Yr1zeBfSTx:disqus

  • The warm and spirit of Cuba is indescribable, inclusive in a farmer market. We willcome back soon. Besos friend.

    • Thank you, Wini. We will get back to continue our Cuba story. Love, Nancy @winifredtoro:disqus

  • Mara McEwin

    These images are amazing!

    • Thank you for all of your great support, and thank you! PS Your IG photos are awesome! @mara_mcewin:disqus

  • Karen Nedler Quinn

    These are gorgeous images. I can’t tell which are from NY and which are from Cuba!

    • Hey there, appreciate you looking through. I can give you a cheat sheet if you want. See you in NYC soon. @karennedlerquinn:disqus

  • Tara Crowley

    I, too, love Farmer’s Markets. The abundance astounds me, especially in Cuba. Wasn’t that a great experience to see? I could have done without the meat market, but oh well.

    • Thanks for supporting my blog posts, means a lot. I saw those meat markets all through Spain this month, so over the top.

  • Nancy

    Such a great idea to mix the two – love these!

    • Hello and thank you as usual. I see so many comparisons as I travel, next up comparing some of the street art….xxxx @disqus_Apugg9ZLwB:disqus

  • Wonderful selection of your photos Nancy! Really love farmer’s markets too.

    • I could write a book on farmers markets, I know you could too! Love seeing your images on FB, I would like to see you with a blog now. šŸ™‚