On Sunday, Mamma Parla, Şemsa and I paid a visit to the New Amsterdam Market in Lower Manhattan. I had been anxious to return since my first trip back in December and was excited to find some old favorites were back and in full effect.

I hightailed it to the Runner and Stone stall. I am shamelessly obsessed with this bakery, which produces exquisite pastries and breads. The buckwheat and apricot bread was particularly appealing this weekend, and we ate this dense and fruity loaf with gusto.

R&S is opening a proper bakery in Gowanus in the fall, but for now you can find them at the New Amsterdam Market and at quality food markets in Brooklyn. See their website for details.

There were seed and vegetable vendors selling all sorts of spring onions, ramps, and heirloom scallions.

Others sold nascent greens like pea shoots and these sunflower sprouts.

My favorite Jersey vendor The Bent Spoon was not in the house, but other Garden State natives represented like First Field, which sells ketchup made from tomatoes that grow near Princeton.

And of course, no trip to the New Amsterdam Market would be complete without picking up a couple of loaves of Finninsh ruis bread from Simo Kuusisto of Nordic Breads. We have been enjoying this sunflower seed studded rye all week.

The New Amsterdam Market is held from 11am to 4pm on Sundays at the old Fulton Fish Market, which is located on South Street between Beekman Street and Peck Slip. There will be no market May 27 in observance of Memorial Day.