If you want fantastic farmers’ markets, NYC’s close proximity to sustainable, family-run farms in the tri-state area means these open-air bazaars are teeming with just-picked fruits and vegetables including freshly made bread among other artisanal products. Whether you’re on a mission to find the perfect premade picnic baskets to take to your favorite NYC parks or just simply looking for fun things to do outside, these seasonal or year-round farmers’ markets are sure to showcase the best our fertile Eastern Seaboard has to offer. With so many excellent alfresco options like these, you won’t be stepping foot in those garden-variety grocery stores anytime soon.
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Here you’ll find yourself shopping elbow to elbow with top chefs for all manner of regionally grown culinary pleasures. Shop year-round for seasonal fruits and vegetables, farmstead cheeses, artisanal breads, fresh-cut flowers, wine and much more. In addition to shopping, visitors can watch or partake in cooking demonstrations or other weekly events and activities.
Shop a huge array of fresh produce at this greenmarket in Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza every Saturday. The second largest market behind Union Square Greenmarket, this open-air collection of vendors offers baked goods from Baker’s Bounty and Bread Alone, plus locally sourced fruits, vegetables, dairy and meat from New Jersey, Connecticut and upstate New York farmers.
Peruse more than 100 products from local farms at this produce lover's paradise in Hunts Point. Most of the fruits, vegetables, herbs, plants and flowers are harvested 24 hours before being sold to ensure optimum freshness, and you can't beat the market's killer wholesale rates.
It’s all about quality over quantity at this 12-month market nestled just inside the verdant southwest corner of Prospect Park. Treat yourself to wild-caught seasonal seafood (striped bass, fluke, porgy) all year long from Suffolk County’s American Pride Seafood, or stock up on veggies from Cumberland County, New Jersey's Kernan Farms during the growing season.
Running since 2005, this gathering of upstate farmers features country bread, apple cakes, fresh-pressed olive oils and artisanal pickles. Grocery store shopping is already a debacle, so you’re better off going to a green market like this one and build relationships directly with the farmers.
Every Friday from June through November, you can take part in the market’s family-friendly activities that emphasize the benefits of eating fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables. And when class is out of session, market goers can peruse Corona’s plethora of farm vendors, stocking up on local, free-range eggs from Mimomex Farm and daily-pressed apple cider from Wager’s Cider Mill.
Along the edge of Fort Greene Park and across from a row of brownstones, a curated crop of meat, bread and produce vendors set up booths every Saturday all year long. If the rich variety of cheeses and artisanal breads for sale don’t evoke a quaint, small-town feel, the rotating roster of performing local musicians certainly will.
Hosting cooking demonstrations and recipe exchanges, this market goes well beyond basic produce, with its wide variety of orchard fruits and seasonal items. Even if you don’t need anything, walk through to familiarize yourself with what’s currently available at this expansive expo.
Every Saturday, Sunnyside residents flock to this market for fresh dairy products, grass-fed beef, fish, shellfish, pickled vegetables, eggs and wine made from locally sourced grapes and other specialty items. The market is within close proximity to Lou Lodati Park, with compost collecting and textile recycling services on-site, so you can stock up and clean out your kitchen all in one shot.
Located just outside the entrance to Elmhurst Hospital, this pint-size farmers’ market delights both hospital visitors and neighborhood residents alike with its seasonal selection of vegetables, herbs and orchard fruit. Market highlights include local honey from Apple State Hill Top Family Farm and pumpkin bread from Meredith’s Bakery.
Just a stone’s throw from the Brooklyn Bridge—and several blocks from the Cobble Hill Trader Joe’s—this farmers’ market has been around for more than 25 years. Sample honey from Delaware County and orchard fruits, vegetables, jams, cider and pork from a selection of longtime purveyors. Depending on the season, you may be able to snag hand-rolled hard pretzels, baked goods and cut flowers, too.
Score homemade pies, freshly caught seafood, locally harvested honey, orchard fruit picked at its peak and vegetables from Orange County's renowned "black dirt." It’s best to beat the crowds and go early, ensuring you’ll get there in time to snag the cream of the crop.
Stretching along the front sidewalk of PS58 overlooking Carroll Park, this year-round Sunday green market offers eco-conscious Brooklynites an impressive selection of regionally grown produce, award-winning cheeses, wild-caught fish and grass-fed meats, plus occasional cooking demonstrations and health screenings.