There are dozens of community farmers markets across New York City, and come fall, the market stands are overflowing with photogenic gourds in all shapes and sizes, seasonal orchard fruits, colorful root vegetables, and all kinds of irresistible treats. From Manhattan’s famous Union Square Greenmarket to the smaller farmers markets of the East Village and Chelsea, all the way up to the Botanical Garden market in the Bronx and a rooftop farm in Brooklyn, here are a dozen markets to put on your list. Note: Most of these are open on Saturdays or Sundays through October (and some are open year-round and on weekdays, too), so be sure to check the schedule before you hit the road.Read More
12 Best Farmers Markets in NYC
Toss your hiking boots in the trunk if you’re planning to hit Inwood Greenmarket: This farmers market sits at the edge of Inwood Hill Park, one of the most impressive green spaces in Manhattan, with tons of walking trails, forested areas, the region’s last natural salt marsh, and a rare chance to spot a bald eagle. Before you explore the park, stop by the Greenmarket to stock up on plump fall apples and pears, locally brewed ciders, dark leafy greens, and all kinds of root vegetables. Be sure to grab jars of pickles and chutneys from Divine Brine.
New York Botanical Garden
Strolling the gorgeous New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx is an experience no one should miss, and Wednesdays through October are the best time to do it. That’s when you can also hit the NYBG farmers market and load up your car with your favorite local fall fruits and veggies, along with specialty items like blood-orange-infused olive oil from Arlotta Food Studio, custardy small-batch ice cream from Penny Lick, and buttery croissants from Wave Hill Breads. Since you’re probably planning to visit the garden too, the farmers market even offers a Veggie Valet service, which lets you drop off your bags of produce and store them on ice while you explore.
Tucker Square Greenmarket
It’s always showtime at Lincoln Center, and fresh seasonal produce gets top billing at this popular neighborhood farmers market. You’ll come away with picture-perfect produce like fairytale eggplant, pumpkins of all sizes, and delicate squash blossoms, along with specialty ingredients like goat cheese from Miracle Springs Farm and sorghum syrup from Wood Homestead. Bonus: You’re right by Central Park, so bring your goodies there for an impromptu picnic.
Jackson Heights Greenmarket
It’s fitting that one of the most thrillingly diverse food neighborhoods in the city would have a farmers market to match. Besides the fabulous seasonal produce you can buy — including vibrantly colorful squash and root vegetables, Mexican specialty peppers and herbs, and sweet local berries — you’ll also find snackable treats like $1.50 tamales at the 78th Street entrance, or stretchy Moroccan m’smen bread at Hot Bread Kitchen. Chances are you’ll be full by the time you leave, but it’s hard to fight the temptation to spend the entire day in Jackson Heights exploring and eating your way around this culturally rich slice of New York City.
Down to Earth Chelsea Farmers Market
This neighborhood market in artsy Chelsea is a relaxing place to stroll around and load up on first-rate seasonal produce without fighting the crowds. As you walk, pick up a freshly baked baguette from the Orwasher’s Bakery stand and a jar of red pepper jam from Anna Maria’s, and you’ve got the perfect snack. Don’t leave without stocking up on boxes of frozen dumplings from Asian Farmer (filled with local pork, chicken, or veggies), and grab a free dumpling sample for the road.
Union Square Greenmarket
You’ll want to plan an entire morning or afternoon to explore this epic farmers market, which is open multiple days a week all year round. It wraps around Union Square Park and offers some of the liveliest people-watching in the city. Here’s where many of New York City’s big-name chefs show up (usually at the crack of dawn) to find the highest-quality produce from the hundred-plus farmers and vendors who set up here — up to 140 farm stands on the busiest days. Besides every locally grown fruit and vegetable you can imagine, you can also score products like raw honey from Tremblay Apiaries, charcuterie from Hudson Valley Duck, and kimchi from Kimchee Harvest — all while you watch cooking demos and sample freshly made treats.
Tompkins Square Park Greenmarket
The East Village is synonymous with nightlife, but this neighborhood has a lot going for it during the day too — from quieter-than-ever blocks (the locals sleep in!) to funky vintage shops and a bustling community farmers market. The Tompkins Square Greenmarket, lined up along the namesake park, brings in a full array of fresh fall produce along with grass-fed meats from Stone and Thistle Farm, wild-caught local seafood from Pura Vida, and creamy, hormone-free dairy products from Ole Mother Hubbert.
Down to Earth McGolrick Park Farmers Market
Strolling through the farmers market in Greenpoint gives you a feel for the eclectic street life in this historic area, which was formerly farmland before becoming home to a Polish immigrant community and, more recently, to hipsters and young families. Fill up your bag with organic fall vegetables and fruits, from colorful peppers to purple potatoes, pink radishes, green kohlrabi, juicy apples and pears, and much more. Don’t miss the Horman’s Pickles stand, where you can grab jars of half-sours, and make your sweet tooth happy with Brazilian-inspired cake rolls at the Kouklet stand.
Brooklyn Borough Hall Greenmarket
Brooklyn isn’t just one of New York City’s five boroughs: It’s also a 2.5-million-population metropolis, and the Borough Hall Greenmarket puts you smack in the middle of its busy downtown district of historic courthouses, sprawling public squares, and endless shopping options. Soak up your surroundings while filling your bag with seasonal veggies like Brussels sprouts, parsnips, and collard greens, and locally grown fruits like grapes, raspberries, and apples. On Thursdays, grab freshly baked breads, fruit pies, and potato knishes from the Bakers Bounty stand.
Fort Greene Park Greenmarket
As you enter this farmers market, situated along the edge of beautiful Fort Greene Park, make sure to grab cups of hot apple cider and a half-dozen cake doughnuts from the Wilklow Orchards stand to eat as you go. Wind your way through the neighborhood crowd to spot the coolest gourds you can find, along with wild mushroom varieties you’ve probably never seen before, multicolored carrots, and gorgeous bunches of Swiss chard and other leafy greens. Get there early if you want to grab a loaf of miche sourdough from She Wolf Bakery or yogurt from Ronnybrook Dairy — they sell out fast.
Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket
Your best strategy at this huge, jam-packed Saturday market is to do a walk-through first. Check out all the stands to see who has the juiciest pears and apples that day (you can usually sample the fruit), and which fall root vegetables are calling your name (snowy parsnips! bulbous rutabaga! pink turnips!). Before you’re done, pick up heritage pork from Flying Pigs Farm and fragrant herbs from Lavender by the Bay. Extra time on your hands? Check out the Brooklyn Museum or take a walk in Prospect Park — both are just steps from the market.
Brooklyn Grange Sunset Park
Yes, you can grow a thriving farm on a rooftop in the middle of New York City. Case in point: Brooklyn Grange, which harvests more than 80,000 pounds of organic produce annually on three rooftop farms in the city. The newest is in Sunset Park, Brooklyn; it launched this summer and is open to the public on Sundays through October. You can visit the farm for free, check out the massive greenhouse with its hydroponically grown vegetables and microgreens, and buy seasonal produce like baby mustard greens, arugula, kale, eggplant, and root vegetables.