It had been nearly 16 years since this part of Lower Manhattan had seen a farmers’ market like this. Bunches of dried and fresh lavender. Vodka made from locally grown purple potatoes. Hand-spun maple syrup cotton candy. And rows and rows of geometrically stacked root vegetables: watermelon radishes, turnips, red beets, yellow beets, rainbow chard, mustard leaf, at least three different varieties of kale.
The morning of June 20 was the first since Sept. 11, 2001, that vendors officially returned to the area where the once-renowned World Trade Center market operated.