Spinach is a leafy green vegetable. Scientifically known as as Spinacia oleracea, spinach belongs to the amaranth family and is related to beets and quinoa. Spinach originated in Persia, but is now produced mostly in the US and China. It is loaded with nutrients and antioxidants, and considered to be very healthy.
Spinach sole in the Farmers Market in Union Square, NYC.
What began as a small group of regional farmers in 1976 has grown to 140 local vendors selling anything from lavender-scented soaps and essential oils to distillery favorites gin and vodka. Shoppers flock to the gallons of red-ripe strawberries, potted herbs and fresh-cut flowers, seasonal fruits and vegetables, artisan breads and jams, fresh fish, real maple syrup, and vegan treats.