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