Respond to Review of Farmer's Market - Union Square
by Bill K
Review: The New York City Greenmarkets are a network of farmers' markets operating throughout the city. (More information is at http://www.cenyc.org/site/ ) The Union Square Greenmarket is the oldest one, and the flagship market of the program. It operates year-round; open on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays. For vegetarians, this should be one's primary source of food. Greenmarket rules state that the farmer/vendors can sell only food they actually grow, which is why you won't find oranges, bananas, avocados, etc. there. When you buy food at the Greenmarket you're dealing with the farmer who grew it, not the middleman. Only Northeast farmers participate; most come from upstate New York; many come from New Jersey; a handful come from Long Island, Pennsylvania and Vermont. There are a number of organic vendors; there is one biodynamic farm represented at Union Square, and also several farms that use IPM techniques. The food is seasonal, although a few farmers operate hothouses where various greens (and sprouts) can be had all year long. In addition to fresh produce, the Greenmarket also offers breads, wine, maple syrup, house plants and flowers, pickles, herbs and, alas (dare I say it?), meat, eggs, cheeses and other dairy products. By shopping at the Greenmarket you're supporting local farmers. You get the freshest, highest quality foods, and you do the environment and area ecosystem a big, big favor. The Greenmarket is one of the best things NYC has to offer!