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NYC’s 5 Best Farmers’ Markets, 2012

May 21, 2012 6:00 AM

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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.

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Union Square Greenmarket

Union Square West from 15th to 17th Streets
17th St. from Broadway to Park Ave. South
New York, NY 10003

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.

Farmers Market (credit: clipart.com)

Farmers Market (credit: clipart.com)

Park Slope Farmers’ Market

5th Ave. and 4th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11215

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.

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Jackson Heights Greenmarket

34th Ave. at 77th St.
Queens, NY 11372

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.

Farmers Market (file / credit: clipart.com)

Farmers Market (file / credit: clipart.com)

New York City Wholesale Greenmarket

Unit 65B
800 Food Center Drive
Bronx, NY 10474

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.

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Saint George Greenmarket

St Marks & Hyatt Streets
inside theater parking lot
Staten Island, NY 10301

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.

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