"People are becoming aware of the relationship between food, health and active community spaces. We are inundated with new market requests throughout the boroughs." —Michael Hurwitz, director of GrowNYC’s Greenmarket Program
Go out of your way for these markets, where you’ll find in-season veggies, homemade jams and other artisanal delights from local purveyors (see highlights below each market).
Union Square Greenmarket (pictured)
NYC’s flagship farmers market is open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Oak Grove Plantation (Pittstown, New Jersey): Heirloom veggies and hormone-free pork.
- Grazin’ Angus Acres (Northern Columbia County, New York): The only Animal Welfare Approved purveyor in the Greenmarket system.
- Deep Mountain Maple (West Glover Vermont): Delicious, pesticide-free maple syrup.
New Amsterdam Market, Lower Manhattan
New Amsterdam’s vendors hawk everything from artisan breads to local honey. Sundays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Kombucha Brooklyn (Brooklyn): Kombucha on tap or in a growler.
- Anarchy in a Jar (Brooklyn): Handmade jams, marmalades and chutneys.
- Bees’ Needs (Sag Harbor, New York): This apiary produces raw, unfiltered honey.
Jackson Heights Greenmarket, Queens
Find fresh seafood and Mexican produce at this market in Queens. Sundays, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Hot Bread Kitchen (Queens): Specializes in ethnic breads.
- American Seafood (Suffolk County, New York.): Wild-caught fish and shellfish.
- Anthony Road Winery (Seneca Lake, New York): Try its 2009 riesling.
Park Slope Farmers Market, Brooklyn
Go for the treats, sweets, soaps and produce. Open year- round on Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- YisRoYal Vegan Baked Goods (Brooklyn): Home of sought-after vegan dough.
- Dr. Pickle (Wayne, New Jersey): All things pickled, from sauerkraut to, well, pickles.
- Made by Molly (Brooklyn): Try her St. Louis Gooey butter cake.
Fort Greene Park Greenmarket, Brooklyn
This popular market offers fresh seafood, veggies and sustainably raised meats year-round. Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Ronnybrook Farm Dairy (Ancramdale, New York): By far the best local dairy.
- Bad Seed Cider Co. (Highland New York): Small-batch hard ciders made from Hudson Valley apples.
- Tello’s Green Farm (Duchess County, New York): Traditional and South American produce as well as cage-free, farm-fresh brown eggs.