Your guide to the farmers market

May 10, 2017

Fortunately, in our region fresh, healthy, locally grown food is abundant through a network of outdoor markets. Grow NYC, whose flagship is the Greenmarket in Union Square, has been instrumental in promoting regional agriculture to New Yorkers. The organization has established over 50 outdoor markets within the five boroughs. Here’s a sampling of some of the best fresh-food scenes in the region.

  • Union Square Greenmarket: This renowned gathering spot at East 17th Street and Union Square West is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. It started in 1976 with just a small group of farmers and has grown to a network of over 140 purveyors. In addition to being home to a wide-ranging selection of produce, breads, cheeses and baked goods, the Union Square Greenmarket is a vibrant scene where skateboarders, tourists and chefs converge.

  • New York Botanical Garden Greenmarket: The setting itself is worth the trip. Every Wednesday from 9 a.m-3 p.m. the botanical garden (located at Southern Boulevard and Moshulu Parkway in the Bronx) hosts an open-air market. A large selection of produce and in-season items are available, along with cooking demonstrations and recipe exchanges. Take the free self-guided tour of the botanical gardens while you are there.

  • Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket: Located at Prospect Park, the large market is located near other top destinations such as the Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn Botanical Garden and the Brooklyn Museum. It’s open Saturdays from 8 a.m-3 p.m.

  • Tribeca Saturday Greenmarket: There’s even a farmers market for the downtown crowd. The only Greenmarket south of Canal Street is known for its vegetable and fish selection as well as cider donuts. Give it a shot on Wednesdays and Saturdays, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

  • Down to Earth Chelsea Farmers Market: Open Saturdays 9 a.m.-4 p.m., this market on the north side of 23rd Street (east of 9th Avenue) is a newer entry to the local market scene and a welcome addition to the neighborhood. Bonus point: You can take your out-of-town guests for a stroll on the High Line.

Here is Grow NYC’s list of what produce is being harvested locally in May:

  • Asparagus
  • Beet Greens
  • Lettuce
  • Mesclun
  • Parsnips
  • Radish
  • Rhubarb
  • Scallion
  • Spinach
  • Summer Squash
  • Turnip Greens

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