Greenmarket Farmers Markets NYC
Top 5 Favorite NYC Farmers Markets
Greenmarket Farmers Markets in NYC have flourished in recent years, much to the delight of all of us who love fresh farm-picked–and fresh grown, and -butchered, and -milked, and -baked–fruits and vegetables and meats and dairy and breads and pastries. Which should, of course, be all of us.
NYC Farmers Markets have spouted up all over town, and while there’s no such thing as a really poor Greenmarket, some are certainly better than others, with more variety across and within categories. Here’s a quick look at five of our favorite New York City Farmers Markets:
Union Square Greenmarket Farmers Market
The granddaddy of them all, the Union Square Greenmarket Farmers Market offers an extraordinary range of fresh temptations. What began 33 years ago as a couple of booths in a once-decrepit park is now an intregral part of a vibrant neighborhood, and the source of ingredients for many of the finest restaurants in the City. More than 140 producers bring their wares into town each week, offering everything from basic to exotic fruits and vegetables, all sorts of meats and fish, cheeses, ice cream, milk and other dairy products, as well a vast array of baked goods, jams and preserves, pickles, honey, flowers… almost everything you can imagine that comes from a farm, is here. The Union Square Greenmarket Farmers Market is located on the eastern edge of Union Square Park, along Broadway and 17th Street. The Farmers Market is open year-round, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
82nd Street, St. Stephen Greenmarket; 92nd Street Greenmarket
For much of the year Upper East Siders can sleep in on Saturday and go to the Farmers Market on Sunday… or vice versa! On Saturdays from July through mid-December the smallish (but definitely worthwhile) St. Stephen’s Greenmarket sets up shop with stands filled with just-picked fruits and vegetables, wild caught seafood, freshly baked breads and pastries, and handmade maple syrup, including the coveted Grade B. And if you miss it on Saturday, head a little farther uptown to 92nd Street for the NYC Farmers Market there on Sundays (until November 22), which features even more vendors, including those excellent eggs from Knoll Crest Farms, and Ardith Mae’s fabulous goat cheese. The St. Stephen Greenmarket is located on 82nd Street between First and York Avenues, and will be bustling every Saturday through December 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. You’ll find the 92nd Street Greenmarket Farmers Market on First Avenue between 9nd and 93rd Streets, on Sundays through November 22, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tucker Square Greenmarket Farmers Market, Upper West Side
There’s almost an embarrassment of produce riches on the Upper West Side, what with two Whole Foods grocery stores, and two huge Fairway Markets. Fortunately, there’s always room for more farm-fresh produce and homemade treats in our kitchens (and our bellies) which is why we enjoy the small but neighborly farmers market in Tucker Square, that island near 66th Street between Columbus and Broadway. Although you certainly can stock up here on your fruits and vegetables, we also like grabbing a coffee, or a hot apple cider, or a just-made donut (or three) and sitting at one of the tables on a sunny Saturday morning. The Tucker Square Greenmarket Farmers Market in New York is up and running every Thursday and Saturday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., all year round.
Tribeca Greenmarket Farmers Marketin NYC
Another smallish–it takes up about a block–but bountiful NYC Farmers Market is the Tribeca Market downtown. And what it may lack in size it more than makes up for in quality (not to mention, if you live downtown, in convenience) with regular booths from the likes of Migliorelli Farms (known for its greens, among other fresh-picked delights), Bread Alone (organic and delicious); the hormone-free Sun Fed Beef; those welcome Farmers Market standbys of Red Jacket Orchards, with its bushels of crisp apples in impressive varieties; and the always-excellent Eastport’s Seatuck Fish. The Tribeca Greenmarket NYC Farmers Market is located where Chambers Street meets Greenwich Street and is open year-round on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and on Wednesdays through December.
Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket Farmers Market
Okay, so this one’s in Brooklyn, but it’s just steps from the #2 or #3 train, it’s on the edge of Prospect Park, a couple of blocks from both the Brooklyn Museum and the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, AND, most important, it’s the only Farmers Market we’ve ever been to that rivals Union Square in terms of the quality and quantity of farmers. Produce of every description, milk and amazing cheeses, meat, fresh fish, local wine, flowers, baked goodies galore, syrups and honeys and jams and pickled everything, plus lots of family-orientated events and activities… the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket Farmers Market is a true New York City treasure. Located on Prospect Park West and Flatbush Avenue, every Saturday of the year from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Farmers Markets in New York City details
For a complete list of NYC Farmers Markets–and there are many, many more than the ones we’ve listed here–visit the Greenmarket Farmers Markets section of the CENYC website, here.