Produce in action

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Union Square Greenmarket in June. (Photo: mmwm via Flickr)
Union Square Greenmarket in June. (Photo: mmwm via Flickr)

As summer comes into bloom in 2013, New York’s system of farmer’s markets are a vital part of the city’s food economy and lifestyle.

Greenmarket was started in 1976 through GrowNYC as a way to promote local farms and to provide New Yorkers with fresh produce from their region. Over the years, Greenmarket has grown to 54 different markets and has provided a place for 230 farmers and fisherman to sell their goods. Any unsold product gets donated to City Harvest and other soup kitchens and food pantries throughout the city.

Greenmarket says of its longterm relationship with the city and farmers, as well as school children, chefs, and many other New Yorkers:

This unique relationship between farmers and city residents has not only changed the face of regional agriculture; it has revitalized rural communities and urban spaces, improved consumer health, provided fresh and nutritious food to those most in need through our EBT/Food Stamp and Youthmarket programs, supported immigrant farmers, encouraged crop diversity, educated school children and city residents about the importance of regional agriculture, provided a wholesale opportunity for medium sized farms, inspired new culinary trends, and influenced chefs and eaters in one of the culinary capitals in the world.

Greenmarket locations are open throughout the week. Check the schedule below or see their website.

Once you go to the markets be sure to check out some healthy and sustainable summer recipes!

  • At-Market Initiatives
  • Accepts EBT/Food Stamps
  • Textiles Recycling
  • Food Scrap Compost Drop-off
  • Rechargeable Battery & Mobile Phone Recycling
  • Youthmarket Farm Stands

West 97th Street Friday 
East 82nd Street Saturday 
West 79th Street Sunday 
West 57th Street Saturday , Wednesday 
Abingdon Square Saturday 
Bowling Green Tues & Thur
City Hall Tue & Fri
Columbia Thur , Sun
Dag Hammarskjold Plaza Wednesday 
Downtown PATH (formerly at Zuccotti Park) Tuesday
Fort Washington Tuesday 
Inwood Saturday
Port Authority Bus Terminal Thursday
Staten Island Ferry Whitehall Terminal Tuesday & Friday 
Saint Mark’s Church Tuesday 
Stuyvesant Town Sunday
Tompkins Square Park Sunday 
Tribeca Wednesday , Saturday 
Tucker Square Thur , Sat
Union Square Mon & Sat, Wed. & Fr
West 175th Street Thursday opening 6/27!
East 92nd Street  Sunday opening 6/23!
Mount Sinai Wednesday opening 6/26!

Now Open in Brooklyn:
Bartel-Pritchard Sq Wednesday
Bay Ridge Saturday 
Brooklyn Borough Hall Tue & Thur, Sat
Carroll Gardens Sunday
Cortelyou Rd Sunday
Fort Greene Park Saturday
Grand Army Plaza Saturday
Greenpoint McCarren Park Saturday
Sunset Park Saturday