by Nicole Smith
Summer is the season for fresh produce and you can find a cornucopia of produce, flowers, fish, meat, cheese and wine amongst the city’s Greenmarkets.
The New York City Greenmarket organisation began in 1976 with 12 farmers in a parking lot on 59th Street and 2nd Ave and has now grown to become the largest and most diverse outdoor urban farmers market network in the country, currently with 54 markets and over 230 family farms and fisherman participating.
Listed below is a selection of Farmers Markets around the city, but for more information or to find a market near you, search the Greenmarket database.
Union Square Farmer’s Market
Where: Union Square West from 15th to 17th Streets, E17th Street from Broadway to Park Avenue South
When: Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays & Saturdays, 8am – 6pm
Known as the most famous Greenmarket in NYC, Union Square offers two acres of greenmarket with over 140 producers each week. Offers a wide range of products including fresh produce, dairy, baked goods and plants.
79th Street Greenmarket
Where: Columbus Ave between 78th & 81st Streets
When: Sundays, 9am – 5pm
This quaint tree-lined market on Columbus Avenue offers a wide selection of fresh vegetables and dairy products.
Staten Island Ferry Whitehall Terminal Greenmarket
Where: 4 South St, inside the ferry terminal building
When: Tuesdays and Fridays year-round, 8am – 7pm
Referred to as NYC’s ﬁrst indoor Greenmarket, the Whitehall Terminal regularly offers a range of cooking demonstrations and family activities.
Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket
Where: Intersection of Flatbush Avenue, Eastern Parkway, Prospect Park West
When: Saturdays year round, from 8am – 4pm
Founded in 1989, the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket is the second largest market in the program and offers a range of organic, unprocessed and free-range products supplied by regional farmers. It also offers a range of programs including cooking demonstrations and compost collection.
Bartel-Pritchard Square Greenmarket
Where: Prospect Park West at 15th Street
When: Wednesdays, May through November, 8am-3pm
All food is from regional farms specializing in organic, unprocessed, and free-range products.
McGolrick Park’s Down to Earth Farmers Market
Where: Center of McGolrick Park, near Shelter Pavilion, Greenpoint, Brooklyn
When: Sundays, May through November, 11am – 4pm
This farmers market located in Greenpoint counts Brooklyn Grange, the worlds largest rooftop farm, as one of it’s vendors.
Rockefeller Center Farmers Market
Where: Rockefeller Center Plaza, 50th Street between 5th & 6th Avenues
When: Wednesdays – Fridays, July 24th – August 30th, 8am – 5pm
This market, conveniently located in in the heart of Rockefeller Center offers a range of produce, fresh flowers, wine, cheese and chutneys.
New York Botanical Garden Greenmarket
Where: New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY
When: Wednesdays, June 18–November 26, 9am – 3pm
The New York Botanical Garden’s Greenmarket provides affordable, locally grown produce along with fresh and nutritious baked goods and other specialty items. Learn how to use produce from the market to make easy, nutritional meals at weekly cooking demonstrations and find out about composting, recycling, growing vegetables, and more at special demonstrations throughout the season.
Do you have a favorite farmers or green market in your neighborhood which isn’t listed here? Include them in the comments!