Last week Preston from the New York Observer, sent us a link to a story entitled "Vegetables Are The New Meat," by Joe Pompeo. While that is certainly the case in our household, I doubt that holds true for Manhattan. Regardless, this article does support our premise that vegetarianism is gaining ground with the population as a whole, and that can't be bad.
The article does suggest that some of this might be due to the improved quality and variety of the produce available at the local greengrocers. I would agree with that comment. The last few times I've been in NYC I've noticed the selection might even rival what we have here in California. Okay, maybe that's a stretch, but things are much improved since I lived in New York. I think that's the case around the country. I've been noticing a better variety of produce in the supermarket lately. I'm still a huge advocate of the farmers market, we go every Saturday morning, but if there's something we're short on during the week, we can almost always find it at the supermarket; even the heirloom varieties of some produce!
In NYC, Mayor Bloomberg issued 1000 permits for produce-only food carts. I had my first experience buying cut fruit from a street-corner vendor recently. Yes, it's a lot more expensive than if you buy it whole and cut it up yourself, but I'm a little lazy, and spoiled, and if Jane hasn't cut up that fruit for us, I'm not all that likely to do it myself.
The only point I disagreed with is Mr. Pompeo's comment that real men eat rutabega. I don't even know what a rutabega looks like!