Even in a huge urban metropolis like New York City, there is no shortage of markets at which to buy fresh, local and delicious produce straight from the farmers that grow it. Here in New York, Greenmarket Farmers Markets, run by an organization called GrowNYC, have spread to every corner of this food-crazed city.
Union Square Greenmarket (Manhattan)
One of the best-known farmers markets in the city, the Union Square Greenmarket has been bringing fresh local food to New Yorkers for years, and now attracts thousands of food-savvy shoppers every week. While most markets in the city open only one or two days a week, the Union Square market is open four days a week. Every Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, shoppers swarm the Manhattan square and public park space all day long until 6 PM to choose from the best produce, fresh juice, wine, cider, baked goods and other delicious delicacies. Take note that, though the market is open four days a week, the most vendors set up shop on Wednesdays and Saturdays, so brave the crowds on those two days to give yourself the widest selection of producers and food crafters to choose from.
Fort Greene Park Greenmarket (Brooklyn)
Brooklyn residents flock to this site year-round to pick up a variety of fresh-from-the-farm finds. Open every Saturday throughout the year, except for a few special holidays, the Fort Greene Park farmers market serves many of the trendy young professionals and urban families that call the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn home. Surrounded by Fort Greene Park and the area’s classically beautiful old brownstones, a trip to this farmers market is a true New York experience.
Sunnyside Greenmarket (Queens)
The farmers market in Queens’ Sunnyside neighborhood is a newer market, but no less popular than many of the longer-standing city markets. Only in its fourth year, the Sunnyside Greenmarket caters to Queens residents of all different backgrounds, ethnicities and food traditions. Queens is one of the most diverse boroughs in New York City, and as such, its markets offer an enormous variety of products, including a large number of Asian specialties.
Lincoln Hospital Greenmarket (Bronx)
Unlike all of the other boroughs, the Bronx does not (or not yet, at least) host any weekend farmers markets. But the Lincoln Hospital Greenmarket, open Tuesdays and Fridays until 3 PM, brings Bronx residents an abundance of fresh food that can sometimes be difficult to find outside of Manhattan and the outer boroughs’ trendier areas. One of the things that sets this market apart from the rest is its added service to the local community. In addition to giving area residents access to fresh and healthy food, the Lincoln Hospital Greenmarket also provides free health screenings and health information to shoppers and their families.
Staten Island Mall Greenmarket (Staten Island)
Though Staten Island has fewer farmers markets than any other borough, its residents don’t need to worry if they’re getting less than their counterparts in other areas of the city. The markets Staten Island does have offer food lovers an enormous array of foods and services, so they can never be accused of falling short. The Staten Island Mall Greenmarket offers patrons a number of activities, including cooking demonstrations and recipe exchanges, to draw them to the market and round out their shopping experience.