Just because we live in a big city doesn’t mean we can’t have access to fresh produce and organic meats. If you’re in need of dairy, vegetables, or bread and want to avoid sub-par quality at the corner deli or super expensive lot at a big-name store, head to one of these farmers’ markets. Not only is everything locally grown, but purchasing from these vendors supports our local economy. And who can resist that? By Krissy Dolor.
Union Square Greenmarket
As one of the city’s most famous greenmarkets, it’s no wonder it tops our list. They’ve been in business since 1976 and have grown to feature 140 regional farmers, fisherman and bakers, who sell their products to New York City residents. The best part is that you can visit this spot year round. From crumbly cheese to crisp ciders and everything in between, head to Union Square. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Park Slope Farmers’ Market
Check out Park Slopes’ farmers market, filled with everything from asparagus to zucchinis. Their site even lists the vendors that are currently selling, so you’ll always be on top of your grocery shopping check list. And lucky for you, this spot is open year-round, too. Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Jackson Heights Greenmarket
For a diverse setting while shopping for green, visit Jackson Heights. They host the largest and busiest market in the borough each Sunday year round. While the usual staples are present, take a peak at their specialty Mexican produce. Sundays, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
New York City Wholesale Greenmarket
If you’re in the Bronx, check out the Wholesale Greenmarket, now located at the New Fulton Fish Market in Hunts Point. With more than 100 local and regional products available, you’re sure to get everything you need. And if you want flowers to brighten up the dinner table, you’re all set. Currently closed for the season.
Saint George Greenmarket
And for a greenmarket experience on the island, check out the farmers’ market at Saint George. Take your pick from seasonal fruit, fresh-pressed juice and seafood straight from the ocean waters. Vendors vary each week, so head there often to make sure your kitchen stock is fresh. Saturdays from May 12 to November 17, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.