Farmers' Markets Across America: New York, New York by

Issue 80 · Locally Grown · July 12, 2013

Farmers' Markets Across America: New York, New York

Issue 80 · Locally Grown · July 12, 2013

For our last farmers' market profile of the week, we headed to the Big Apple. Union Square Greenmarket in New York City is one of the nation's largest farmers' markets. Started with just a handful of farmers in 1976, the market has grown to include more than 140 different vendors. Vendors run the gamut from organic vegetable producers, to small flower farmers, to fishermen, cheesemakers, and bakers who come into the city to sell their goods to folks hankering for a taste of the country.

We sent photographer Rebecca Baust to capture shots of some of her favorite greenmarket stands. When Rebecca heads to the market, she goes prepared, "I know you're supposed to go to the market and be inspired by whatever looks good, but everything always looks good at Union Square market--I come with a list."

What's usually on the list? "Fruit, more fruit, and baked goods." 

Rebecca recommends Locust Grove Fruit Farm in Milton, NY because "they always has a great selection of seasonal fruits and veggies." As for the baked goods, "Baker's Bounty makes delicious black and white cookies as well as fresh bread and pies." Before you leave the market, Rebecca suggests grabbing a bottle of tart cherry juice from Red Jacket Orchards.

Photographs by Rebecca Baust for Gardenista.

Union Square Farmer's Market | Gardenista

Above: Union Square, on the edge of both Chelsea and Greenwich Village, fills with vendors' booths four days a week (for hours, see below).

Union Square Farmer's Market | Gardenista

Above: Colorful heirloom tomato varieties at Union Square.

Union Square Farmer's Market | Gardenista

Above: We're wondering what kind of salad Rebecca could dream up using these shallots and tomatoes.

Union Square Farmer's Market | Gardenista

Above: Even the dogs descend on Union Square on market days.

Union Square Farmer's Market | Gardenista

Above: Individually wrapped baked goods for snacking on the go.

Union Square Farmer's Market | Gardenista

Above: Tart Cherry juice from Red Jacket Orchard.

Union Square Farmer's Market | Gardenista

Above: Berries are among the best finds at the market this time of year.

Union Square Farmer's Market | Gardenista

Above: Pint after pint of New Jersey blueberries for pancakes and pies.

Union Square Farmer's Market | Gardenista

Above: Red cherries from Locust Grove Fruit Farm would make a perfect afternoon, don't you think? For another of Rebecca's fruit-laden recipes, see Dining on Succulents: Purslane Salad with Watermelon.

Union Square Farmer's Market | Gardenista

The Details:  Union Square Market is open four days a week: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 8 am to 6 pm.

The Map:
To get a sneak peek at other Farmers' Markets Across America, see posts on markets in Portland, OregonManteo, North Carolina; and Michigan City, Indiana.

 



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