My favorite way to plunge into a new city is to head straight for the farmer's market. It's a quick way to familiarize myself with the essence of that specific region: great food and great people. Last week I visited New York City's Union Square market, a lovely operation full of fresh, organic foods. Right now, across the country, we are in that golden period where produce is still at its summer peak, but we're seeing the Autumnal fruits and vegetables trickle in as well! Let's enjoy this sparkling moment while it lasts.

(Images: Leela Cyd Ross)