Garden fresh produce, gourmet granola, and delicious poultry, fish, and meat right in your backyard. I remember the first time a farmer’s market was established in our little town back in California. It must have been around the time I started high school and unless we were out of town, I made sure to visit each and every Saturday. I even made friends with the berry man and he would help me practice my Spanish, even if it was only for 10 minutes every week.
Turns out there are more than enough markets to choose from in and around the island of Manhattan. I like to treat myself once in awhile to a trip to Union Square spot, a hub for all the funny characters from the city. You have your yogis, fresh produce snobs, and oh so many college students (after all, it’s near NYU).
I tend to arrive with $20-$40 in hopes of not spending any more than that. Otherwise I would end up with oodles of produce that I couldn’t consume and end up broke. I also like to balance out my shopping between the local grocery store, Trader Joe’s (if I can find the time and patience), and the weekly market.
I love the seasonal products such as apple cider and pumpkin doughnuts, fresh figs, and summer berry scones.
More often than not, I take a trip to the market just to people watch. To be honest I have trouble picking from the stalls, unsure which apple looks more delicious or which head of lettuce is more reasonable in price. One has to accept the fact that some vendors will be more expensive due to the local of their products and the methods in which it was grown. The whole food debate of cost vs. health and how both can be obtained in a reasonable manner.
There was one time where I finally decided to purchase a bag of mixed greens, only to arrive at the register and be told it was $30 for only two handfuls of lettuce. Um, I’m sorry, did I hear that properly? Yeah, that was quickly disposed of back into their respective bins and I was on my way.
Manhattan Farmer’s Markets
Union Square Greenmarket
E 17th St & Broadway 10003
Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat – 8am-6pm – year round
Greenwich St. & Chambers St. 10007
Wed & Sat – 8am-3pm, year round
Tompkins Square Greenmarket
E 7th St & Ave A 10009
Sun – 9am-6pm – year round
Tucker Square Greenmarket
W 66th St & Columbus Ave 10023
Thu, Sat – 8am-5pm – year round
Columbia University Greenmarket
Broadway between W 114th St & W 115th St 10025
Thu, Sun – 8am-5pm – year round
Grassroots Farmer’s Market
145 St (between Edgecombe & Bradhurst) 10031
Tue, Sat – 9am-4pm (Jul 13-Nov 23)
West 42nd St Greenmarket
42 St between 11th and 12th Ave 10036
Wed 8am-6pm (Jul 10-Nov 27)