As signs of spring continue to show themselves in New York City, city dwellers are coming out of a winter hibernation just like our furry mountain friends to the west (we’re talking about bears here…the wild kind, like grizzlies). While soaking in the extra sunshine, we are finding ourselves craving fresh vegetables, herbs, and berries. Living in one of the world’s largest metropolises, you may think it’s hard to find crisp, raw, freshly grown produce, but that isn’t the case for this city.
Like most NYC locals, you probably don’t have access or maybe the ability (not everyone has a green thumb) to grow a rooftop garden, keep window planters or nurture an indoor herb garden. That’s okay because there are still ways to find fresh locally grown produce in a bustling city and we don’t mean by visiting your neighborhood bodega or grocery chain. You can fill your fridge with leafy greens and colorful fruits picked up at a local farmer’s market.
There are many benefits to shopping at a farmer’s market. A major reason people shop farmer’s markets is to support the local farmers from whom they make purchases. Another belief that drives people to buy local produce is the impact it has on the environment—you’re reducing your carbon footprint when you purchase produce grown nearby instead of something that was shipped around the world to be placed on a grocery store shelf. Other benefits of purchasing local greens and fruits from local farmer’s markets include:
– Discovering and sampling vegetable varieties you wouldn’t otherwise pick out from a store crisper.
– Cheaper foods that are pesticide and herbicide free, but not considered organic by the food industry due to a costly and complex certification process.
– Finding locally grown produce tastes better because it hasn’t gone through any rigorous processing or treatment, it is literally straight from the garden.
There are many farmer’s markets located in or nearby Greenwich Village to frequent. Browse the vendor tents to discover and fill your reusable bags with delicious, locally grown produce at these markets nearby Greenwich Village:
For almost 25 years, this farmer’s market has had a home in Greenwich Village. The locals know that the ‘early bird gets the worm’ policy for this market means there’s high demand for the most delicious and mouthwatering fresh vegetables, fruit, freshly caught fish, and cheeses. Open year-round every Saturday, the market also features cooking demos, seasonal celebrations, and family-friendly activities.
Located on the North and West sides of Union Square Park, this market is open year-round on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Market goers can download the Union Square Greenmarket app to preview the producer attendance list and products in-season that will be available at the market.
On Sundays, market goers can venture over to the East Village to visit this year-round market. Shoppers will find orchard fruit and berries, syrups, cheeses, and many more delicious treats in this neighborhood staple.
There are many ways to find fresh, local produce for purchase in the city. From farmer’s markets to rooftop gardens, locals have many unique ways to produce, purchase, or consume garden fresh vegetables in the concrete jungle. Many restaurants, including our very own North Square Restaurant, are incorporating fresh ingredients, such as herbs, vegetables, and berries grown in their very own gardens. If you don’t have a green thumb or couldn’t find time to visit the farmer’s market this week, you’re sure to experience the fresh taste of garden-grown produce at your neighborhood boutique restaurant.