Those who live in the city know that it isn’t always easy to access the freshest produce. Happily, over the last decade there have been more and more efforts made to increase urbanites’ access to fresh, locally-sourced food, that you don’t have to break the bank, or endure hauling grocery bags across town on the train, to find. Here are some of the best ways to procure fresh fruits and vegetables in New York City:
Supermarkets. Okay, so not everyone has a Whole Foods in their neighborhood, but that doesn’t mean all hope is lost. There are plenty of other grocery stores throughout the city that also provide high-quality, organic produce options. NYC’s FRESH program is working to support the growth and improvement of supermarkets in underserved areas, which will give everyone access to healthy foods.
Public Markets and Farmer’s Markets. New York City has a long history of thriving open-air markets, and now more than ever, the city is happy to support local agriculture through Farmer’s Markets. Though it’s not open every day, the now world-famous Union Square Greenmarket has grown significantly over the last thirty years, and it’s here, and at smaller neighborhood farmer’s markets, where you can find the freshest locally-sourced produce.
Green Carts. Since 2008, NYC’s Green Cart program has been helping New Yorkers buy fruits and vegetables closer to home. Green Carts are mobile food carts that offer fresh produce in many of the city’s neighborhoods. To date, there are more than 500 Green Carts operating in New York City.
CSA’s. Community Supported Agriculture programs support farms and locavore lifestyles by connecting the two. Through organizations like Straight Out of the Ground, you can have boxes of fresh produce from local farms delivered right to your door!
Community Gardens. Not every neighborhood has its own community garden, but if yours does, try to get involved! Labor is often compensated with food from the garden, and volunteering at a community garden is a great way to get involved with your neighborhood and learn about urban sustainability.
If you don’t live in New York, there are still likely many places to find fresh produce in your own city. Research the ways your local government is working to provide everyone with access to fresh fruits and vegetables.