Images of New York as a smog-filled metropolis will be banished after spending an afternoon in one of the city's many green markets. The Council on the Environment of New York City has been providing New Yorkers with regional produce for over 30 years. With a number of these verdant markets staying open year-round, produce pickers can wander down rows of fruits and veggies gathered fresh from the farm. Some stands even offer trips to upstate orchards where city kids can graze with cows and locavore foodies can pick their very own apples, berries, and snow peas.
In addition to fruits and vegetables, New York City's green markets are home to a surplus of other goods for your kitchen: bright daffodils and lilies in spring, juicy organic turkeys for fall, and gorgeous pine-scented evergreens just in time for the holiday season.
Each of the boroughs is equipped with at least two quality green markets, which are open a couple times a week on alternating days, making it easy to find that perfect head of lettuce or bunch of carrots.
The biggest and probably the most well-known of the markets is located on the North side of Union Square, where first-rate vendors have worked their way up from outer boroughs to set up shop. With about 250,000 customers each week, and a selection far better than even the most impressive of Village food stores, this is the place downtown health-nuts and after-school snack fiends come for their produce. You might also find chefs from nearby restaurants hoping to gather something extraordinary for their menus. Here, early-risers can grab a dozen organic eggs while perusing pics of the chickens that laid them, Pennsylvania transplants can munch on hearty homemade pretzels, and gorgeous potted-plants can be purchased to bring a little more life to studio apartments. Popular stands will sell out, so arrive early for the best selection.
Union Square Green market Information
- Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: 8am to 6pm
- Subway Stop:
- 4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R, W trains to the 14th Street/Union Square Station
- Location: 17th Street and Broadway, New York, NY
- Phone: 212-788-7476
- Website: www.cenyc.org