New York’s finest grocery stores can’t begin to rival the fresh, seasonal, and unique ingredients found at the many farmers markets scattered throughout New York City. Spring asparagus, summer tomatoes, fall apples, and winter squash are just a few of the treats you can find in markets across seasons. This summer, support local farmers and eat locally by planning a visit to your local farmers market. Below, we’ve compiled a list of the 8 Best Farmers Markets in New York City.
Manhattan Farmers Markets
Union Square Greenmarket
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 8am – 6pm, year round
Location: Union Square Park
The undisputed king of New York’s farmer’s markets, the world-famous Union Square Greenmarket hosts a dazzling array of the freshest and finest fruits and vegetables, fresh cut flowers, award-winning farmstead cheeses, freshly baked bread, small batch whiskey, and so much more. This market began in 1976 with just a few farmers and has grown exponentially to 140 farmers, at peak season.
While shopping here it’s likely you will stumble upon fruits and vegetables you have never heard of or seen before. Do your shopping first thing in the morning, and you just might find yourself brushing shoulders with the top chef of a nearby restaurant. First timers should plan their visit on a Saturday morning to maximize the people watching opportunities and the largest selection of goods.
Chelsea Down to Earth Farmers Market
Hours: 9am – 3pm, Saturdays, mid May to mid December
Location: West 23rd Street near 9th Avenue
For a quieter, neighborhood feel, the farmers market in Chelsea, offers a delightful mix of local farmers and locally sourced food makers. Down to Earth Farmers Markets are scattered throughout the city and their unique focus on bringing together this mix of vendors means they can offer guests an expanded range of offerings. On top of your usual farmers market fare, keep your eye out for traditionally made Indian chutneys from Bombay Chutney Company, locally distilled spirits from Current Spirits, and family-owned Demi Olive Oil.
Hours: Saturdays, 8am – 3pm year round
Location: Isham Street between Seaman Avenue & Cooper Street
A long standing farmers market located near Manhattan’s northern most point in Inwood, this market is a year round neighborhood favorite. Proximity to Inwood Hill Park, one of New York State’s oldest green spaces, helps to make this farmers market a destination point for a hike or picnic before and after shopping. Stock up on seasonal fruit and vegetables year round, and prioritize the delicious jarred pickles and chutneys sold by Divine Brine.
Hours: 8am – 3pm, Sundays year round
Location: Avenue A & Tompkins Square, E 7th Street
One of the few farmers markets in New York that operates on Sunday, Tompkins Square is a delightful neighborhood greenmarket offering a selection of baked goods, bright flowers, artisanal cheese, wild-caught seafood, and more. More relaxed and less trafficked than its city counterparts, Tompkins offers just as high quality choices. Once you’ve perused the vendor offerings, we suggest you buy a fresh, buttery croissant and stroll to a nearby bench inside Tompkins park to enjoy some Sunday morning people watching (and if you’re lucky, some live jazz music) in one of New York’s most funky, eclectic neighborhoods.
Abingdon Square Greenmarket
Hours: Saturdays 8am – 2pm, year round
Location: Hudson Street & West 12th
Perhaps more known for its location in the heart of Manhattan’s idyllic West Village than for its plethora of farm vendors, the Abingdon Square Greenmarket is a beloved market that’s full of leisurely charm. Serving the West Village since 1994, this market is synonymous with the West Village community. Highlights include wild ocean fish and shellfish from PE & DD Seafood (be prepared for a line), artisan breads and pastries from Bread Alone, and farm fresh eggs from Muddy Farm. Bring a smile and you might just end up making some new farmer friends.
Queens Farmers Markets
Jackson Heights Greenmarket
Hours: Sunday 8am – 2pm, year round
Location: 34th Ave between 79th & 80th Street
Welcome to the largest and busiest farmers market in Queens! This bustling Sunday market draws a diverse crowd of both vendors and patrons. Shop for sweet and savory tamales, fresh veggies, vegan baked goods, housemade apple cider, candles, heritage breed duck, Mexican produce, and more in this lively outdoor greenmarket. Located just one block away from Travers park, we suggest a mid-morning shop accompanied by a park picnic with great people-watching opportunities. If you’re located in Queens, this is one market you don’t want to miss.
Brooklyn Farmers Markets
Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket
Hours: Saturday 8am – 3pm, year round
Location: Prospect Park West & Flatbush AvenueA popular Brooklyn farmers market, the Grand Army Plaza greenmarket is the second-largest greenmarket in NYC, after Union Square. Situated at the northwest entrance of Prospect Park, this busy greenmarket hosts tons of fresh ingredients across several farm stands, all locally based in the tri-state area. Our recommended strategy? Arrive early and with an open mind. Let your senses guide you to the brightest, and freshest produce and create your meal based on what you see. If you’re out for the day, take your haul into Prospect Park – one of Brooklyn’s best parks for a picnic – and sit on the grass while enjoying your treats.
Hours: 8am – 3pm, Saturdays year round
Location: Washington Park & Dekalb Ave
Situated at the edge of historic Fort Greene park – one of Brooklyn’s best parks – this farmers market is much smaller than its Grand Army Plaza counterpart, but its offerings are just as delicious. Fresh seafood, humanely raised meats, artisanal cheeses, and baked goods are just a smattering of what awaits at this quintessential neighborhood farmers market. Don’t forget to look out for the significant park scenery as you shop. Among the ancient trees, you will also find the Prison Ship Martyrs’ Monument, a towering granite column that serves as a memorial to the 11,500 American prisoners of the revolutionary war.
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