All across the country, farmers’ markets are becoming a staple in many cities. These open-air markets are full of vibrant and delicious farm offerings unlike any other produce found in the city, as well as handmade goods, artisanal products, and much more. Farmers’ markets attract all sorts of people, and with good reason; they are a destination that can transport all things pastoral right to your urban neighborhood.
One beautiful farmers’ market located in the heart of New York City is the Union Square Greenmarket, one of the largest and most notable farmers’ markets in the country. The market “began with just a few farmers in 1976, has grown exponentially over the past 35 years: in peak season, 140 regional farmers, fishermen, and bakers descend upon Union Square to sell their products to a devout legion of city dwellers who support local agriculture with their food dollars,” according to its history. The Union Square Greenmarket is open on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays year-round, offering “seasonal bounty such as asparagus and rhubarb in spring, peaches and corn in summer, pumpkins and pears in fall,” as well as dairy, various meats, honey, wool and other products that can be found during any time of year.
The market at Union Square is Greenmarket’s flagship location, and as such, offers unparalleled seasonal produce and handcrafted, artisanal products. Here you can find hundreds of varieties of freshly picked fruits and vegetables, award-winning cheeses, artisan breads, jams, pickles, cut flowers, wine, maple syrup, meats, and more. There really is something there for everyone, from the city dweller in search of the freshest produce, to the family wanting to enjoy a fun New York City day outing. The atmosphere at the Union Square Greenmarket is unbelievably thrilling; thousands upon thousands of people flock to the market year-round to experience one of New York City’s treasures.
If you haven’t been to the Greenmarket at Union Square yet, what are you waiting for? For more information about the farmers and other vendors at the market, visit its website.