Greenmarkets Make NYC Neighborhoods Great
JULY 9, 2012
Greenmarkets make it easy to find farm-fresh foods – and meet your neighbors – in almost every NYC neighborhood.
Dozens of New York City neighborhoods benefit from the GrowNYC Greenmarket program. In Manhattan alone there are at least 25 markets open during prime season (and this is it!). GrowNYC's 2012 Greenmarket Map will show you the Greenmarket nearest your apartment, while this guide from whatisfresh.com will tell you what vendors are currently offering. Large or small, markets feature fresh food, help local farmers and serve as a community gathering spot for neighborhood residents. They’re also fun for kids and a great way to spend a weekend morning or afternoon.
Some of NYC’s top Greenmarkets:
Union Square has evolved from a dodgy park to a bustling downtown gathering spot and sought-after residential neighborhood; the legendary Union Square Greenmarket is partly responsible for that transformation. It’s the city’s largest, open four days a week and notable for its astounding and varied selection.
Upper West Side
Located just behind the American Museum of Natural History, the West 79th Street Greenmarket is held every Sunday and stretches from 77th to 80th. Grass-fed beef, goat cheese, fresh flowers, eggs, honey, baked goods, apple cider and plenty of fruit and veggies keep UWS foodies busy in their kitchens in this residential neighborhood of tree-lined streets and such classic residences as the Ansonia at 2109 Broadway and the Dakota at 72nd Street and Central Park West.
TriBeCa may be known for spacious luxury condos and lofts but it’s also a great place to find fresh produce. The TriBeCa Greenmarket at Greenwich and Chambers Streets offers a community composting program in addition to locally-grown produce, cooking demos and educational activities for the neighborhood’s many pint-sized residents.
St. Stephen's Greenmarket at East 82nd Street and First Avenue is a year-round favorite for Yorkville residents; it’s small, but the meats, fish, shellfish and other goodies are fresh and delicious.
Grand Army Plaza's Greenmarket at the entrance to Brooklyn’s Prospect Park is the city’s second largest, drawing shoppers from nearby Park Slope, Prospect Heights and beyond.