There’s nothing like having fresh produce, especially for me because I use so many fruits & veggies in my morning/post-workout smoothies. Unfortunately, grocery stores in the city don’t have the best quality of produce; most often it goes bad in a few days after purchase and frankly, the taste is lacking freshness.
That’s why I’m SO THANKFUL for NYC’s Farmers Markets. Not only limited to weekends & the summer season, most of these markets pop up all over the city during the week all year long! When I do my produce shopping, I’m only going to these markets because I know the quality and freshness can’t be beat. Plus it’s a great way to capture the feeling of the suburbs/rural countryside inside a city setting
Here are my favorite, top 10 Farmers Markets in New York City:
Location: 82nd St b/t 1st & York Aves | Manhattan
Open: Saturdays, year-round | 9:00am – 2:30pm
A full range of products including fruits, vegetables, baked goods, cheese, locally caught fish, chicken, goat meat and grass fed beef fill regular shoppers’ bags week after week. Active community partners The Upper Greenside and St Stephen’s Church contribute environmental and recycling information and activities, volunteers, and promotional support to help Greenmarket create a thriving market in this neighborhood.
Open: UES 8:00am – 9:00pm | Greenwich Village 9:00am – 10:00pm
Unlike traditional farmer’s markets, Agata & Valentina is open year-round, every day. For years, locals have turned to Agata & Valentina for homemade focaccia, fresh mozzarella, handmade pasta, and silky ricotta gelato.
Location: 9408 3rd Ave| Brooklyn
Open: Saturdays, May 5 – Nov 17 | 8:00am – 3:00pm
Dubbed “Bay Ridge’s Town Hall,” long-time residents and families who are new to the neighborhood meet to shop, share recipes and catch up with their neighbors at this Greenmarket that provides a gathering space for the tight-knit Bay Ridge community. A great selection of producers providing everything from fresh caught fish, baked goods, and a bounty of seasonal fruit, vegetables and flowers draw shoppers week after week, all season long.
Location: Bowling Green & Broadway| Manhattan
Open: Tuesdays, year-round | 8:00am – 5:00pm
The Bowling Green Greenmarket brings fresh offerings from local farms to Lower Manhattan’s historic Bowling Green plaza. Twice a week year-round neighbors, commuters, and visitors from around the world stop to load up on the seasons freshest fruit, crisp vegetables, beautiful plants, and freshly baked loaves of bread, quiches, and pot pies.
Location: Cathedral Pkwy & W 110th St | Manhattan
Open: Saturdays, May 5th – Dec 29 | 9:00am – 4:00pm
Down to Earth Markets bring together two kinds of vendors: local farmers and area food makers who source locally. By incorporating qualified producers into its markets, DTE expands upon the traditional farmers market. More local food entrepreneurs find a venue to sell their products directly to shoppers. In turn, shoppers benefit by discovering a greater offering of local foods at the markets. Best yet, regional agriculture thrives, as more businesses source from area farms.
Location: Prospect Park West & Flatbush Ave| Brooklyn
Open: Saturdays, year-round | 8:00am – 4:00pm
Founded in 1989, Grand Army Plaza is Greenmarket’s flagship Brooklyn market, and the second largest market in the program, behind Union Square. Located at the northwest entrance to beautiful Prospect Park and just steps from the Brooklyn Public Library, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. This community destination brings together a mix of shoppers from the nearby neighborhoods of Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Crown Heights, and beyond. Runners, dog-walkers, families, singles and foodies all converge to buy from the huge array of farm fresh products, and to participate in the programming and cooking demonstrations that take place every Saturday all year long.
Location: Union Ave & North 12th St | Brooklyn
Open: Saturdays, year-round | 8:00am – 3:00pm
This much-loved Saturday market, bridges the burgeoning Williamsburg community and long-time Greenpoint Polish communities who come to shop, mingle with neighbors, and enjoy McCarren Park. Open since 1997, this market has adapted to the changing face of the neighborhood while staying true to its loyal customers. People line up ten deep to purchase bottles of fresh milk and yogurt; an array of meat including grass-fed beef, pork, chicken and rabbit draws its own crowd. Seasonal fruit and vegetables are piled high, and honey, preserves, baked goods, eggs, and juice keep the crowds pleased year-round.
Location: 302 Greenwich St | Manhattan
Open: Saturdays, year-round | 8:00am – 3:00pm
The loyal community of neighborhood residents who shop at the Tribeca Greenmarket show up each Wednesday and Saturday year-round to get their fix of locally grown produce, sustainably raised meat, seafood, sheep’s milk cheese and yogurt, orchard fruit and berries, herbs, live plants and cut flowers. Cooking demonstrations, raffles, and educational activities make the market a hands-on experience for shoppers of all ages
Location: W 66th St & Columbus Ave | Manhattan
Open: Saturdays, year-round | 8:00am – 5:00pm
Greenmarket’s gateway to the Upper West Side, the Tucker Square Greenmarket, offers locally grown produce just across the street from Lincoln Center. Seasonal vegetables range from fresh staples like corn and greens to delicacies like squash blossoms and fairtytale eggplant. Orchards boast sweet berries, stone fruit, and over 80 varieties of apples. Knowledgeable growers are at market to explain just how to care for their plants, flowers, and herb pots indoors and out. Impeccable farmstead cheeses, fresh seafood, grass fed beef, duck and duck charcuterie, eggs, artisanal baked goods, and New Yorks only producer of both sorghum and maple syrup round out the offerings.
Location: E 17th St & Union Square W | Manhattan
Open: Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays/Saturdays, year-round | 8:00am – 6:00pm
The world-famous Union Square Greenmarket began with just a few farmers in 1976, has grown exponentially; in peak season 140 regional farmers, fishers, and bakers sell their products to a dedicated legion of city dwellers. As Greenmarket’s flagship market, the seasonal bounty is unparalleled, with hundreds of varieties to choose from during any given season. From just-picked fresh fruits and vegetables, to heritage meats and award-winning farmstead cheeses, artisan breads, jams, pickles, a profusion of cut flowers and plants, wine, ciders, maple syrup and much more.