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The best farmers’ markets in NYC

Make Antoni proud and cook with the freshest ingredients found at the greatest farmers’ markets NYC has to offer

Shaye Weaver
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Shaye Weaver
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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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Find a farmers’ market in NYC

Union Square Greenmarket
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  • Union Square

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. Head over on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 8am to 6pm.

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  • Prospect Heights

Shop a huge array of fresh produce at this greenmarket in Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza every Saturday (8am-3pm). 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.

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Wholesale Greenmarket
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  • The Bronx

Starting on June 12, 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 open April to December (Tuesdays through Saturdays from 2-8pm.)

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  • Windsor Terrace

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 every Wednesday (8am-2pm) and Sundays (May 2-December 19, 9am-3pm) from Suffolk County’s American Pride Seafood, or stock up on veggies from Cumberland County, New Jersey's Kernan Farms during the growing season.

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  • Queens

Every Friday from June 18 through November 19 (8am-3pm), 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.

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  • Sunnyside

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. Hours from May to December are 8am-3pm and 8am-2pm between January and April.

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  • Elmhurst

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 starting June 1 (8am-4pm). Market highlights include local honey from Apple State Hill Top Family Farm and pumpkin bread from Meredith’s Bakery.

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  • Downtown Brooklyn

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. Head over on Saturdays and Tuesdays (8am-3pm)year-round.

Staten Island Mall Greenmarket
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  • Staten Island

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. Head over on Saturdays (between May 15 and December 18) from 8am to 2pm.

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Shop for fresh fruits and veggies with a view of New York Harbor and downtown Manhattan each Saturday (8am-2pm from May to December and 8am-1pm from January to April). Peruse the freshest seasonal fruit, produce, cheese, meat, seafood, baked goods, plants, berries and more from Staten Island Family Farm Vegetables, Mexican specialty produce from Richmond, Jersey Farm Produce Produce Vegetables, herbs, small fruit from Hunterdon County, NJ, Stony Mountain Ranch Grass-fed Piedmontese beef from Schuylkill County, PA and more.

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