Life in the big city, and everything in between.

Union Square Greenmarket

In Food on November 29, 2010 at 4:27 pm

Centered in Union Square, you will find the city’s flagship Greenmarket. Customers not only have access to homegrown produce, meats, cheeses, and jams, but they also have the opportunity to meet the local farmers and bakers that bring their farm fresh goods to the market. All of the fare is local and either naturally grown or organic.If you can make it in the early morning you may even find local chefs from the city’s top restaurants shopping for ingredients for that day’s menu.

The Union Square Greenmarket is open every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 8am to 6pm year round. Weekends are very crowded so go on a weekday for a more calming experience.

You can get fresh cheeses from the Amish farms, whole-grain baked goods, wild boar, and more specialty items from upstate New York.  There is always a bountiful selection of
magnificent apples such as Honey Crisp, Gala, Fuji, Braeburn, and Granny Smith’s. And the potato selection includes variety’s like Yukon Gold, French fingerlings, Russet, and Adirondack blue. Even their lettuce is gorgeous!

By December the soft, tender fruits and vegetables are long gone. However, acorn and butternut squash, parsnips, pumpkin, pomegranate,pears, and blood oranges are just some of the vibrant fruits and vegetables you will find in season.

One of my favorite seasonal vegetables is sweet potato. You can buy them at the farmer’s market and make anything from sweet potato pancakes to sweet potato pie.

Stop by the Hudson Valley Duck Farm stand to sample their duck salami or duck prosciutto. They sell a selection of duck charcuterie in addition to their raw duck meat. I purchased a half a pound of duck rillettes, which went perfectly spread on whole grain bread.

Another vendor I frequent at the greenmarket is Red Jacket Orchards. They bring their farm fresh fruits, apples, and freshly-pressed 100% fruit juices and ciders year round to the market. They make their 100% fruit juices simply by pressing whole fruit (not from concentrate; no sugar, no water, no color, and no flavoring added) at the orchard using traditional rack and cloth pressing technique. The result is naturally sweet, outstanding, flavorful fruit juice and cider.

The market is a relaxing excursion on weekdays and a pleasant environment to explore your culinary senses. The vendors are great and usually love to answer your questions. From just-picked fresh fruits and vegetables to award-winning farmstead cheeses and artisan breads, you will find it all in the heart of Union Square.

1 Union Square W
New York, NY 10003
Neighborhoods: Flatiron, Union Square

(212) 788-7476

 

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