Feeding Wellness: NYC's Best Farmer's Markets
When you walk through a Farmer’s Market, you are reminded how easy it really is to find fresh, local and organic ingredients and produce to support a healthy lifestyle. Super-sweet local berries and ripe, juicy homegrown tomatoes make any dish taste even better when you know they are being grown by fellow New Yorkers.
With the summer season here, it's the perfect time to explore the city and visit some of New York City’s best Farmer’s Markets. The James supports an active, healthy lifestyle through our Urban Wellness Program and we've curated a list featuring some of our favorite Greenmarkets around town. And, you can feel good about your purchases knowing that these markets benefit local farmers who are bringing the freshest of foods to local communities.
We believe that, just as important as exercise and healthy eating, is feeding the soul and spirit. Beyond the healthy, colorful food of the markets, there is a vibrant energy to the crowds, where chefs and visitors shop side-by-side with local families. No matter where you are in the city, stop by one of these local Greenmarkets:
Tribeca Square Greenmarket
On Greenwich Street between Chambers and Duane (.54 miles from The James New York)
Open: Saturdays, year-round, 8am-3pm and Wednesdays, March 4 thru December 24, 8am-3pm
Locally grown produce, fabulous sheep’s milk cheese and yogurt, fresh orchard fruits and berries, fresh herbs, live plants and cut flowers, and more.
City Hall Park Greenmarket
Broadway at Chambers Street (.6 miles from The James New York)
Open: Tuesdays and Fridays, 3/3 to 12/22, 8am-4pm, except for Thanksgiving week when the market is open Tuesday and Wednesday, but not Friday
Pay a visit to New York City Hall, a National Historic Landmark and home to the Office of the Mayor of New York City. Then stop by the City Hall Park Greenmarket for fresh baked goods, creamed honey and fresh produce.
Abingdon Square Greenmarket (West Village Neighborhood)
Hudson Street and West 12th Street (1 mile from The James New York)
Open: Saturdays, year-round, 8am-2pm
Known for organic breads, homemade pastries, locally produced honey, goat and cow’s milk cheeses, pasture-raised eggs, and fresh cider and micro batch juices.
Union Square Greenmarket (Flatiron District Neighborhood)
North and West Sides of Union Square Park (1.25 miles from The James New York)
Open: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, year-round, 8am-6pm
The size and energy of this market will surprise you. You’ll find just-picked fresh fruits and vegetables, farmstead cheeses, artisan breads, jams, pickles, wine, ciders, maple syrup and more. The Union Square Market offers a range of events, from cooking demonstrations by some of New York City’s greatest chefs, to regular Monday demonstrations of how to cook a fresh, quick meal for a family of four for under $5/person.
79th Street Greenmarket (Upper West Side Neighborhood)
Columbus Avenue, Between 78th and 81st Street (5 miles from The James New York)
Open: Sundays, year-round, 9am-5pm
Just behind the American Museum of Natural History, on the beautiful, tree-lined Columbus Avenue, is the 79th Street Greenmarket. Stretching for several blocks, it offers everything from exotic specialties to Farmer’s Market staples like fresh corn and berries, to fresh fish and grass-fed beef.
Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket (Park Slope Neighborhood)
Prospect Park West & Flatbush Avenue (4 miles from The James New York)
Open: Saturdays, year-round, 8am-4pm
Brooklyn’s largest market is a perfect place to pick up all the items you need for a fantastic picnic in Prospect Park. In addition to meat, poultry, fish, cheeses, baked goods, fruits and vegetables, this market offers live music, a great Brooklyn vibe, and some unusual items like homemade horseradish and ostrich and emu eggs.
For more details about Greenmarkets throughout New York City, including upcoming special events, visit grownyc.org