Many folks think that it’s hard to find fresh produce in an urban setting, but now more than ever there are lots of ways to indulge in a farm-to-table, “locavore” lifestyle. Here’s a look at a handful of fantastic farmer’s markets located right in New York City:
Union Square Greenmarket. This world-famous open-air market has grown exponentially since its 1976 inception, when only a handful of farmers gathered to sell their harvest. Today, more than 60,000 people visit the Greenmarket daily. Don’t let the crowds deter your from perusing the stalls, though. Here you’ll find produce and fine goods from more than 140 regional farmers, fishermen, bakers, and artisans. Open year-round on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.
Park Slope Farmer’s Market. Managed by Community Markets, this Park Slope destination is much quainter than the likes of the bustling Union Square Greenmarket. Here you’ll find a wonderful selection of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as public demonstrations and canned goods. Open Sundays from May until December.
Eagle Street Rooftop Farm. According to The Huffington Post, “The first seeds of the 6,000-square-foot organic vegetable farm were planted in April 2009.” Since then, the rooftop farm, located atop a warehouse in Greenpoint, has been providing locally grown, organic fruits and vegetables to neighborhood restaurants, shops, and members of the community, who can visit the urban farm on Sundays. You really can’t find produce more locally sourced than this!
Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket. Another great Brooklyn farmer’s market is the Greenmarket at Grand Army Plaza. This location is just slightly smaller than the Greenmarket in Union Square, and hosts dozens of regional farmers and Brooklyn-based artisans every Saturday, year-round. From maple syrup, to produce, to cheese, and fish, you’ll find what you need at this sprawling farmer’s market, while enjoying the scenery of Prospect Park.