With today being Earth Day and all, I think its only fitting to detail my love and admiration for the city’s commitment to promoting the local farmer through its widespread adoption and cultivation of the Greenmarket!
Since moving to NYC three years ago, I have been a devoted shopper of the famed Union Square Greenmarket, where in the peak season more than 60,000 people pass through the stalls! Below find a list of my favorite Greenmarkets in and around the city. Instead of popping into your local Gristedes, Eli’s, Whole Foods, or Associated Supermarket…head over to one of these markets and enjoy shopping with other New Yorkers clamoring to get their hands on the freshest sustainable produce.
My personal faves:
Tribeca: Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8-3pm on Greenwich Street between Chambers and Duane Streets
Upper West Side 77th Street: Sundays from 8-4pm on Columbus Avenue between 77th and 79th Streets
Union Square: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 8-6pm on Union Square West between 15th to 17th Streets
Fort Greene: Saturdays from 8-5pm on Washington Park between DeKalb Avenue and Willoughby
Greenpoint: Saturdays from 8-3pm on Union Avenue between Driggs and N 12th Street
Why Buy at a Greenmarket?
Yes, it is easier to pop over to your local grocery store and pick up what you need, but why not wait until the weekend to stock up on all of your favorite fruit and vegetables? Not only will you save money (we all know how crazy NYC supermarket prices are), but you will be helping support local farmers and the environment.
Greenmarkets preserve farmland (keeps local family farms in business), strengthen rural economies (80% of farmers report that without the Greenmarket they would be out of business), provide food security (bring healthy eating to neighborhoods that lack fresh food), improve neighborhood economies (brings money to neighborhood businesses), and educates the public (each year thousands of students get the chance to taste fresh produce and meet the people who grow it).
Greenmarkets are good for the environment!
Greenmarket Farmers and Vendors promote sustainability (using sustainable practices with many being organic), help keep our water supply clean, conserve energy (transporting food across long distances uses a tremendous amount of energy, while local foods travel very short distances), and promote biodiversity (local farmers grow thousands of variety of fruits and vegetables which help preserve our food heritage, many supermarkets do not have a variety of options).
Top Restaurants in NYC buy at Greenmarkets!
Chefs from around the city head to their local Greenmarket to buy produce and products for daily specials, etc. These include (but are not limited to) Clinton St Baking Company, Prune, The Spotted Pig, Wallse, Union Square Cafe, Resto, Broadway East, Cookshop…I could go on and on and on!
What’s available now McKenzie?
With Spring in full bloom, we have an abundance of new items popping up around the city! I myself am happy knowing that root vegetables are not the only option now! With May fast approaching, get ready for the onslaught of greens!!!! You will soon start to see asparagus, beet greens, mesclun, radishes, rhubarb, scallions, spinach,and turnip greens on the tables! And it only gets better with summer around the corner… I myself have a countdown to the day when berries, tomatoes, and cherries first hit the city.
Remember, it’s the little things you do everyday that help yourself, your city, and the environment. Happy Earth Day!