New York City has a number of seasonal and year round ‘greenmarkets’. The concept of holding green markets in New York City originated in the late 1970’s when New York’s city dwellers found it difficult to access freshly grown produce. Coincidentally at this time the many individual local farmers who had small farms in parts of Brooklyn and Queens were also finding it difficult to distribute their perishable produce. The city then decided to organize these greenmarkets as a way of solving both these problems and greenmarkets have existed in several parts of New York City ever since.

The Union Square Green Market (http://www.unionsquarenyc.org/)

The Union Square Green Market is the oldest and most well known greenmarket in New York City. This market is held all throughout the year on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 8am until 6pm around Union Square Park which is located in downtown Manhattan at 14th Street and Broadway.

Celebrity chefs, local restaurateurs, home cooks and enthusiastic foodies all make their way religiously to this outdoor market to get their hands on the large variety of ‘bursting with goodness seasonal organic fresh produce’, meats, freshly baked breads and other confectioneries, juices, syrups, cheeses, jams, honeys, butters and many other products. All the products that are sold at this superb market are sourced from local farmers, bakers and producers who are always on hand to interact with the masses that throng this market regularly. At the end of market day many of these farmers donate their perishable produce to New York City’s food program for the homeless and the disadvantaged known as City Harvest. Bargaining is not an accepted norm at this market and anyway the prices of most of the goods offered at the market are already lower than those charged by the supermarkets. (especially in the case of seasonal fresh produce).

Similar greenmarkets are held in various parts of the city all year round:

YEAR ROUND GREENMARKETS OF NEW YORK CITY
Greenmarket and its locationDay and TimeBorough of New York City
77th Street Greenmarket (part of the Greenflea market on Columbus Avenue)Sunday 10a-5pUpper West Side, Manhattan
97th Street Greenmarket between Amsterdam and Columbus AvenuesFriday 8a-2pUpper West Side Manhattan
Abingdon Square GreenmarketSaturday 8a-2pWest Village , Manhattan
Bowling Green GreenmarketTuesday and Thursday 8a-5pDowntown, Manhattan
Columbia University Greenmarket East Side of Broadway between 114 and 115 StreetsThursday and Sunday 8a-6pUppers West Side, Manhattan
Cortelyou Road Greenmarket between Argyle and Rugby RoadSundays 8a-3pBrooklyn
Dag Hammarskjold Plaza GreenmarketWednesday 8a-6pMidtown East, Manhattan
Brooklyn Borough Hall Greenmarket, Court StreetTuesday and Saturday 8a to 6pBrooklyn Heights, Brooklyn
Fort Green Plaza corner of Washington Park and Dekalb AvenueSaturday 8a-5pBrooklyn
Grand Army Plaza GreenmarketSaturday 8a-4pProspect Park Brooklyn
Greenpoint Mccarren Park GreenmarketSaturday 8a-3pWilliamsburg, Brooklyn
Inwood Greenmarket, Cooper Street and Seaman AvenueSaturday 8a -3pUptown Westside Manhattan
Port Authority Bus Terminal Greenmarket 42nd Street 8th Avenue (indoor market)Thursday 8a-6pMidtownWest, Manhattan
Staten Island Ferry White Hall terminal GreenmarketTuesday and Friday 8a-3pDowntown, Manhattan
Tompkins Park GreenmarketSunday 10a-5pEast Village, Manhattan
Tribeca Greenmarket between Duane and Chambers StreetsSaturday 8a-3pDowntown Manhattan
Tucker Square GreenmarketThursday and Saturday 8a – 5pUpper West Side, Manhattan

For a complete listing of all seasonal greenmarkets in New York City do visit http://www.cenyc.org/ourmarkets

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