While we sit in cautious optimism that someday, our spring will come, we can delight in the fact that farmer’s markets are opening all over the city. They’re ready with the season’s freshest produce, willing the warmer weather to grace us with its presence!
If you’re new to New York City, or are considering making a farmer’s market your main source of grocery purchases, there are plenty of opportunities in every borough to shop to your heart’s (and your stomach’s) content! Buying from a farmer’s market can also be affordable on a tight budget, and the best part is that you are buying directly from local farmers. Buying local is better for the economy, better for the environment and better for your health!
Here are some of the farmer’s markets that are already open for the season:
Grand Army Plaza: Brooklyn’s largest Greenmarket in the city is centrally located in Prospect Park, and has cooking demonstrations every Saturday. You can find just about everything you need at this market, from meat and poultry to produce to honey and candles! Accepts EBT, WIC and FMNP.
Cortelyou Road: If you love Mexican cuisine, then this farmer’s market is for you! Located in south Brooklyn, you’ll also be able to find herbal teas, homemade soaps and wild-caught fish. Families are encouraged to attend together and participate in sing-alongs and cooking demos!
Harvest Home Farmer’s Market is a non-profit NYC organization that focuses on bringing access to farm-fresh foods to lower-income communities all across the city. They operate several locations in the Bronx, and all accept EBT, WIC, FMNP, Healthbucks and Senior Coupons. For a complete list of all of their locations, click here!
There are so many farmer’s markets in Manhattan, it’s difficult to narrow them down! Let’s start from the top:
Inwood: At the tippy-top of the island we have the vibrant Inwood Greenmarket, where you can find classic artisan breads, smoked duck and even chutneys! Bring a blanket and a basket, fill it with your favorite fresh goods, and enjoy a lovely picnic in the gorgeous Inwood Hill park overlooking the Hudson River.
In midtown, we have the Port Authority Bus Terminal Greenmarket – yes, you read that right! There is a farmer’s market in Port Authority, perfect for commuters on the go. On Thursdays, you can pick up a sandwich and fresh fruit, as well as baked goods, to take along on your way to work and home again!
Union Square Greenmarket: What farmer’s market guide wouldn’t be complete without it? Founded in 1976 with just a few farmers, this Greenmarket has grown to see 60,000 visitors perusing its stands four days a week. There are so many vendors that there is a map available for each day of the week to help you streamline your shopping experience. Just about every food imaginable can be found here, from award-winning cheeses, wines, heritage meats, honey, baked goods, ciders, syrups, fish and, of course, produce just picked from the fields! There are also education stands, book signings, and more! Events are planned for every week; additional information can be found onsite at the information stand.
Jackson Heights Greenmarket: The largest market in Queens is located in one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the city. Jackson Heights has no shortage of variety in its restaurants, and the same can be said of the selection at this bustling center. Brush up on your cooking and nutrition know-how at one of the workshops, and enjoy live music while you shop for such items as wild-caught seafood, goat’s milk cheese and multi-ethnic breads.
Gerardi’s Farmer’s Market: Open each day from 7 am to 7pm, you’re sure to find some time to make a stop at this steadily growing market. In full season, you’ll be able to have your fill of lettuce, eggplant, beets and tomatoes, among others. They are also expanding their organic selection, so be sure to check them out!
Staten Island Mall Greenmarket: If you have a hankering for homemade pies, be sure to stop by this market! You’ll also find fresh fruit, seafood and Mexican herbs. Accepts EBT, WIC and FMNP.
No matter where we live, there is sure to be a farmer’s market nearby! Next time a trip to the grocery store is needed, try packing up the kids and heading to one of these great locations, where each transaction can be a learning opportunity for the kiddos about how food is grown and transported – straight from the source!
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