My favorite vegetables are the ones that still have soil on them!
There was only ever one carrot when I was a child; I knew it was orange and topped with a head full of green leaves. Only recently, I discovered there are also yellow carrots and purple carrots too! I realized that I loved the yellow ones, as a raw snack or boiled into a stew.
This was the same season I discovered heirloom tomatoes, marbled with yellow, red, purple and green flesh. I sliced them up and salted them for toasted tomato sandwiches.
This time of joy, curiosity, and rediscovery was all thanks to my local farmer’s market in Queens. I won’t even get started on the fruits, jams and baked goods that I also stocked up on.
If you’re ready to finally taste the difference in fresh fruits and vegetables from local farms, we have you covered with a guide. Choose a location and drop in to see what delicious items have just been harvested!
Mt. Morris Park Herben Farmers Market (6316 Mt Morris Park W, Harlem)
This market offers all of the delicious vegetables and fruits in season. They also surprise visitors with their wide selection of baked goods, flowers, cheese, and fresh meats as well! If you visit them, make sure to inquire about their free recipe repertoire.
This is also one of the markets that have organic produce! It’s worth checking out during your next grocery shopping spree.
125th Fresh Connect Farmers Market (163 West 125th Street, Harlem)
As well as a great array of seasonally harvested items, this market offers some specialties. If you visit them during their open hours before other excited shoppers, you’ll have first dibs on their coffee vendors, fresh honey and craft items. The jam, wine, and honey are their best-selling products and sure to please those who love a good spread.
Grand Army Plaza Green Market (Prospect Park West, Brooklyn)
This is the second largest market in NYC and for a good reason. The items that they provide surpass any of the expectations most would have. Vendors from all over NYC and beyond offer seasonal produce as well as baked goods, animal skins, mushrooms, and wine. This is just a fraction of the year-round market.
Bushwick Farmers Market (Knickerbocker Ave & Starr St, Brooklyn)
This farmer’s market keeps it classic by selling fresh fruits and vegetables that are in season and sourced locally. The vendors that sell their goods are also local and have a personal connection to the farmers market location; it is one of the few operating in the neighborhood.
Park Slope Down To Earth Farmers Market (4th Street at 5th Avenue, Brooklyn)
Vegan and organic options are a crucial reason that this market is a great option for shoppers. You can stop by and expect to see vendors selling goods like honey, meats, dairy, and sauces. The diverse options allow visitors to get a bit of everything they need with an added sense of freshness and artisan touch.
Jackson Heights Green Market (34th Ave between 79th & 80th Sts, Queens)
Along with their produce, eggs, poultry, and fish, this market has something the others don’t. The neighborhood is famous for its diversity, and it lives up to that by showcasing specialty items from Mexican produce. You can grab something new here and immerse your palette in the flavors of the culture.
NYBG Farmers Markets (2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx)