Fantastically Fresh: Union Square Greenmarket

Union Sq. Greenmarket - Apples

‘Tis the season for amazingly fresh produce and nothing beats the quality you will find at the Union Square Greenmarket during this time of year (I’m looking at YOU, Wholefoods). The Union Sq. Greenmarket is open every week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 8AM-6PM and you are guaranteed to find amazing fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, fish, flowers, wine, cider, and so much more. Did I mention that many vendors offer free samples? Yeah…you need to make it to the market pronto.

But don’t just go for the food – it’s the whole shopping experience that makes this greenmarket so memorable. The people watching is fantastic and rubbing elbows with famous chefs while inspecting the seasonal produce and wares definitely heightens the magic. The best part is that you can actually speak with the farmers themselves about how they grow and harvest their produce and learn about the backstory of where your food comes from. You definitely can’t get this kind of information at your friendly neighborhood D’Agostinos.

My favorite time to visit the Union Sq. Greenmarket is bright and early Saturday morning before the crowd hits. The market tends to get pretty busy later in the day so here’s fair warning that you need to be mentally prepared to navigate the farmer tents while making your way through a sea of fellow New Yorkers. But I suppose that’s where the good people watching comes into play.

As I mentioned in my earlier post, I paid a visit to the greenmarket this past Saturday and was not disappointed. The sun was shining and the sights and smells of Autumn were in the air. After wandering through the market for a bit, I picked out a spaghetti squash ($2.50) and also sampled some cold ginger cayenne tea ($2.00) along with a carrot raisin cookie ($3.00).

If you live in NYC or are even just passing through for the weekend, I highly recommend making your way to Union Square early Saturday morning and checking out the greenmarket for yourself. You won’t regret it.

Here are a few snapshots from my recent visit:

Union Sq. Greenmarket - Pumpkins and Squash
Seasonal pumpkins and squash ready to be carved up or made into a delicious meal. If only I could cook…
Union Sq. Greenmarket - Radishes
Radishes fresh off the farm.
Union Sq. Greenmarket - Purple Grapes
The bees were a-buzz at the greenmarket this past weekend.
Union Sq. Greenmarket - Beth's Farm Kitchen Jams
Beth’s Farm Kitchen makes delicious jams and they always offer free samples.
Union Sq. Greenmarket - Bee on Jam Jar
Bee heaven.
Union Sq. Greenmarket - Breads
Union Sq. Greenmarket - Carrots and Parsnips
Carrots and parsnips galore.
Union Sq. Greenmarket - It Takes Two
Sometimes two heads are just better than one when navigating the Union Square Greenmarket.
Union Sq. Greenmarket - Green Truck
The Greenmobile.
Union Sq. Greenmarket - Indian Corn
Indian corn hanging from a vendor’s stall.
Union Sq. Greenmarket - Hay is for Horses
Hey Hay IS for horses!
Union Sq. Greenmarket - Lil Pumpkins
Lil guys just trying to get some sun.
Union Sq. Greenmarket - Ginger Cayenne Tea
I sampled all of the different teas before going with a full cup of this ginger cayenne concoction. Although it’s served cold, this stuff had a spicy kick and woke me up straight away. The vendor also let me know it’s a great tea for aiding digestion. I can tell why!
Union Sq. Greenmarket - Pumpkin and Tea
My spicy tea among the pumpkins.
Union Sq. Greenmarket - Umbrella
I told you it was a sunny morning! I guess it was just too sunny for some…
Union Square Park
The delightful Union Square Park. A perfect place to picnic and taste-test my greenmarket finds.
Union Sq. Greenmarket - Carrot Raisin Cookies
The bright color of these cookies caught my eye. I just had to sample one of these carrot-raisin creations for myself.
Union Sq. Greenmarket - Carrot Raisin Cookie closeup
I got upclose and personal with the carrot raisin cookie. Turns out that it was pretty delicious, but much softer and chewier than your average run-of-the-mill chocolate chip variety.

Let me know if your wanderings lead you to the Union Square Greenmarket and tell me what you think!

Forever wandering,

– Kristen

Fantastically Fresh: Union Square Greenmarket

9 thoughts on “Fantastically Fresh: Union Square Greenmarket

    1. Hello losing50laps,

      Yes, I’m pretty lucky to live in NYC with so many nooks and crannies to explore. Do you live in an area with any greenmarkets close by? They are becoming pretty popular!

      – Kristen

  1. Thanks for the like, fit wanderer. The infrequent times I get to NY it happens to be a Sat. & I run into the Green Market. Unable to buy much to carry home, so simply enjoy looking at the great foods and the people.

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