When you live in an urban environment, like New York City, it’s often hard to know whether the products and produce you are buying are coming from sustainable, health-conscious places. But luckily New York has wonderful farmer’s markets for you to enjoy that are just as diverse as the city – so you should be able to find whatever it is you’re looking for.
In the summertime, GrowNYC sponsors a wide range of farmer’s markets that you can find filled with plants, fresh fruit, local cuisine, families, neighbors, and local farmers that will be more than happy to give you insight to some of the freshest farm products. Taking part in the local farmer’s markets in your area will make you not only feel like you are helping to lead a healthy lifestyle, but that your community as a whole is supportive of each other’s businesses and health practices.
GrowNYC specifically supports Greenmarket, which is a producer-only market that has specific standards of growing – meaning, everything must be grown locally and preservative free. This is especially important for those conscious about their health because when a product is sold directly to its customers, these farms won’t go out of business and customers will know exactly who grows their food and what’s inside of it.
According to GrowNYC’s website, “Greenmarket’s farmers and fishers come from a broad section of the Northeast, including parts of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York and England, providing New Yorkers with a bountiful and astounding diverse array of fresh foods,” (Our Farmers and Producers).
Some of these farms include: 3-Corner Field Farm in Washington County New York, which is known for its sheep cheese and yogurt, Acevedo Farm in Orange County, New York, and Alewife Farm from Dutchess County New York, known for its delicious, organic vegetables.
If you’re looking for a farmer’s market to venture to this summer in Manhattan, or any part of New York City for that matter, make sure you check out the market times and locations, which you can find on 175th st, 94th st, 82nd st, 79th st, and 57th st. For more information on how to get involved and support local farmer’s markets in NYC, be sure to check out GrowNYC’s website here, where you can learn about the various missions and sustainability projects the nonprofit organization supports in order to improve New Yorkers’ overall quality of life.