Monday, April 27, 2015

Top Food Markets of the World: Union Square Greenmarket

Up next in our Top Food Markets of the World series is number 2 on National Geographic’s list – the Union Square Greenmarket located in New York City.

via Flickr by Mike Lieberman
As if the regular hustle and bustle of the Big Apple wasn’t enough, NYC is also home to the largest and most diverse outdoor market network in the United States. What began in 1976 as a single market with the sole purpose of providing a much needed opportunity for local farmers and fishermen to offer city residents the best locally grown food that money could buy has now developed into a huge market network. Boasting 54 year-round and seasonal markets and an impressive vendor list of over 230 different family farms, fisheries, bakeries and greenhouses, the GrowNYC Greenmarkets are now an established cornerstone in the culinary landscape of this vast city.

So here we go – let’s take a closer look!

Union Square Greenmarket

via Flickr by Lucius Kwok

Location: New York City, New York

Operating Hours:

  • Monday/Wednesday/Friday/Saturday, 8AM-6PM

Where Should I Go?

The Union Square Greenmarket is held on the North and West sides of Union Square Park. This particular market is open year-round on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, but it’s always best to double check as they occasionally host on alternate days if there are recognised holidays that conflict with market dates.

Affordable Meals for Four, Cooking Demos, Instagram Takeovers and regular book signings are just a few of the wide selection of events that the Union Square Greenmarket hosts, so definitely check out what’s on at the market on your chosen visiting day. (Lucky you if your visit lines up with an event or two!)

via Flickr by Alexis Lamster

Which Vendors Should I Visit?

Because certain vendors will only appear at the market on specific days we highly recommend that you take a look at the daily farmer listing before stopping in at the market. That being said, here are a few vendors that sound particularly interesting.

Andrew’s Local Honey: Right now Andrew can be found at the market on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Hailing from Fairfield County, Connecticut, you can find a wide variety of raw, local honeys and soaps at his stall.

Bread Alone: With over 30 years of experience, Bread Alone specialises in creating delicious, wholesome artisan breads and pastries. Committed to working with local and regional ingredients, many of their dairy products are sourced from local farms, fruits are picked seasonally and canned or jarred for year-round use, and their grains are grown in New York, the Midwest, and Canada. They can be found at the market on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Flying Pigs Farm: Located near Battenkill River in Washington County, the Flying Pigs Farm has been in operation since 2000. This small-scale, pastured livestock operation specialises in raising rare heritage breeds of pigs. Flying Pigs Farm has been recognised in the likes of Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, O, New York Times for their exceptionally high quality meats and sustainable farming methods.

Norwich Meadows Farm: Providing a wide selection of produce, Norwich Meadows Farm is a certified organic veggie vendor from Chenango County, New York. Created in order to build a community supported by local farming and other small businesses, Norwich Meadows believes that “food should not be wasted. There are people who go hungry daily, and there are the many who are overfed but under nourished. [...] We produce what we believe is good for our families and thus would be good for yours.” Really, what could be better than that?

via Flickr by erin

The Bottom Line

Visiting this market is a definite must if you happen to be in New York City and have a hankering for delicious local produce and other yummy foodie items. From the freshest local produce to some of the most passionate local-movement vendors, take it all in at the Union Square Greenmarket!

via Flickr by Phil Roeder

Have you visited the Union Square Greenmarket before? We’d love to hear about your experience (and what you bought!) in the comments below.