The Union Square greenmarket was a must on my to-do list as soon as I found out about it. On Wednesday I got the chance to visit all the goodness that New York and its’ surroundings have to offer.
I am not sure if the market is bigger on weekends than during the weekdays, or if my expectations were just too high. I intend to visit as many farmer’s markets or ‘greenmarkets’ in Manhattan (and maybe Brooklyn) as possible – which can be a challenge. The organization GrowNYC has put a lot of effort into making the city, and people’s lifestyles, more sustainable.
The Union Square park was a perfect place to have lunch, even though the stallholders in the market sold mainly fresh produce, baked items such as cupcakes and cookies (with vegan options) meat and cheese. Few stalls had apple cider, honey, condiments or flowers and other plants such as herbs.
I will definitely go to Union Square greenmarket again on a Saturday to see, if there is more on offer – I miss the pita bread and superb spreads that could be sampled in Mountain View Farmers’ Market in California, not to mention all the other spectacular foods that were sold (and available for sampling) there! So far, I think Mountain View has the best farmer’s market I’ve been to. Even the 20 different types of oranges could be tasted before purchase, so you got your favorite kind for sure!
The Union Square Greenmarket is open Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat 8-18 (or 8:00 a.m – 6:00 p.m as they say in here).
Other farmer’s markets on my to-go list include the following: New Amsterdam, Williamsburg Smorgasburg, Hester Street fair, and maybe Botanical Garden Greenmarket. They are not organized by GrowNYC, which has 21 different markets around Manhattan, on different days.