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A Guide To New York City Farmers’ Markets

August 2, 2011 6:20 AM

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(credit: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

(credit: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

New Yorkers often get the short end of the produce stick, spending big bucks on organic foods at pricey supermarkets or buying second-rate fruit from their local deli or fruit stand. Luckily, there are more than 50 farmers’ markets throughout the city that offer fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy, breads and humanely raised meats from local farmers. For the latest updates, follow NYC Greenmarkets on Twitter.  Here’s a sampling of the city’s biggest and best “greenmarkets.”

Union Square Greenmarket (Manhattan)

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Open year-round Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Union Square, West 15th to 17th sts. and 17th St. from Broadway to Park Ave. South
212-788-7476
grownyc.org/greenmarket

The granddaddy of New York City’s farmers’ markets is located in Union Square. Chefs from the city’s best restaurants arrive early to select the freshest fruits, vegetables, breads and cheeses from more than 140 vendors. Also available are beans, grains, wine, maple syrup, baked goods, preserves and cut plants and flowers. At perhaps the city’s fanciest farmers’ market, there are book signings, cooking demonstrations and wine-pairing lessons throughout the week.

Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket (Brooklyn)

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Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket (Credit: grownyc.org)

Open year-round, Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Prospect Park West & Flatbush Ave.
212-788-7476
cenyc.org/grandarmygreenmarket

Located at the northwest entrance to Prospect Park, the second largest greenmarket in the city is an addictive destination for Brooklynites who find their bliss from eating fresh-baked scones while sitting on a park bench. Locals love Milk Thistle’s organic chocolate milk and vegan goodies from Body and Soul. The park-based location and access to fresh meats, cheeses, fruits and veggies make it the perfect place to shop for a picnic. In addition to a large array of fresh produce, there are also family-friendly events like pumpkin painting and cider pressing.

Jackson Heights Greenmarket (Queens)

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Open Sunday, June 6 through December 19.
34 Ave. between 77th and 78th sts., and on78th St. between 34 Ave. and Northern Boulevard
212-788-7476
cenyc.org/jacksonheightsgreenmarket

No guide to city farmers’ markets would be complete without this Queens gem known for its great bargains, Mexican produce and wild-caught fish. Located in a diverse and vibrant neighborhood, it’s the largest greenmarket in Queens. Local farmers provide a huge selection of fresh eggs, vegetables, fruit, fish, chicken and honey. Visitors rave about the sweet peaches, access to specialty ingredients at affordable prices and live music.

New York Botanical Garden Greenmarket (Bronx)

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Open Wednesday, June 15 through November 23.
Mosholu Gate on Southern Boulevard between Mosholu Parkway and Bedford Park Boulevard. (Inside NY Botanical Garden Mosholu Gate).
212-788-7476
grownyc.org/nybotanicalgardengreenmarket

Located inside the Bronx Botanical Garden near Tulip Tree Allee at the Mosholu Gate entrance, visitors can shop for local produce within the picturesque setting of the garden. The market includes seasonal vegetables, orchard fruits and berries, fragrant herbs, cider, homemade pies, breads and more. Admission to the Garden is free on Wednesdays so everyone can stop by for produce and take advantage of the Botanical Garden’s educational programs featuring edible gardening, cooking demonstrations and more.

Saint George Greenmarket (Staten Island)

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Open Saturdays, May 7 through November 19
St Marks Place at Hyatt St.
212-788-7476
grownyc.org/saintgeorgegreenmarket

Shop for your local favorites on a hill overlooking New York Harbor and the downtown Manhattan skyline. Get there early to beat the line of shoppers who want to get first dibs on the seasonal fruit, produce, cheese, meat, seafood and baked goods. The market also features plants, berries, juice, heirloom tomatoes and more.

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