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NYC's Best Farmers' Markets

When it comes to shopping for fresh produce in New York City, the locally sourced farmers' markets are without a doubt the way to go. Held all over the city, these greenmarket alternatives to grocery stores offer fresh fruits, veggies, dairy products, fresh seafood, and meats galore! They also provide a refreshing shopping experience compared to the cramped quarters of those aforementioned grocery stores. If you want to know where your food came from and what’s actually in it, then you ought to check out these seven farmers' markets in New York City.

Best of NYC Farmers' Markets: Union Square Greenmarket (Flatiron)

The Union Square Greenmarket is perhaps the most beloved in the city, and its reputation has grown to make it the most popular amongst tourists and locals alike. Beginning in 1976, this farmer’s market has only gotten better with age, now including over 140 venders selling flowers, veggies, fruits, cheeses, meats, and everything else your heart desires. The market is held Mondays year-round and on select Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays throughout the year. 1 Union Sq. W., 212-788-7476, grownyc.org

Best of NYC Farmers' Markets: Park Slope's Sunday Down to Earth Farmers Market (Brooklyn)

Park Slope Farmers' Market

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Park Slope's Sunday Down to Earth Farmers Market is the place to be between April and December, with over 40 vendors participating in the fun. From fresh cow cheese and goat yogurt to rabbit meat and lamb sausage, there’s no shortage of authentic animal products at this Down to Earth Farmer’s Market. As for vegetables, every one you can imagine is here, and even some you can’t (shell beans, broccoli raab, and kohlrabi... we’re talking about you). 4th St. at 5th Ave., 914-923-4837, downtoearthmarkets.com

Best of NYC Farmers' Markets: 92nd Street Greenmarket (Upper East Side)

Head on up to the Upper East Side on Saturdays between June and November to take part in the 92nd Street Greenmarket. Eggs, dairy, fruits, veggies, breads, seafood…you name it, they have it here. Venders include Meredith’s Bakery from Ulster County, NY; vegetables from Philips Farm in Hunterdon County, NJ; and fresh orchard fruit from Wager’s Cider Mill in Yates County, NY. It doesn’t get much more local than this. 1st Ave. between 92nd and 93rd St., 212-788-7476, grownyc.org

Best of NYC Farmers' Markets: Chelsea Farmers' Market (Chelsea)

Chelsea Farmers' Market

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If you want to be eating organically, the Down to Earth Farmers' Markets are the way to go, and the one held in Chelsea every Saturday is one of our personal favorites. Put on by the Church of the Holy Apostles, both local farmers and area food makers sell everything from craft beer to extracts. This market takes place from May through December, so you only have to go without it for four months out of the year! West 23rd St. and 9th Ave., 914-923-4837, downtoearthmarkets.com

Best of NYC Farmers' Markets: 79th Street Greenmarket (Upper West Side) 

The 79th Street Greenmarket will never let you down, because it’s open year-round! Make sure you visit on Sundays to take advantage of the regionally grown and sourced food, including wild-caught fish from American Pride Seafood in Suffolk County, NY and maple syrups from Berkshire Berries in Berkshire County, MA. Whether you’re looking for veggies, fruits, dairy products, or meat, you’ll find it here. Columbus Ave. between 78th and 81st St., 212-788-7476, grownyc.org

Best of NYC Farmers' Markets: Borough Hall Greenmarket (Brooklyn)

Borough Hall Greenmarket

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Along with stocking up on fruits and vegetables galore, the Borough Hall Greenmarket also provides access to cooking demonstrations and nutritional information, meaning that your shopping trip can be an educational one. Health screenings are also available to the public at this farmer’s market. Open on Saturdays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, you can stop by no matter the month or season. Court St. and Remsen St., 212-788-7476, grownyc.org

Best of NYC Farmers' Markets: Queens Botanical Garden’s Farmers' Market (Queens)

Queens Botanical Garden’s Farmer’s Market tops our list of farmer’s markets when it comes to specialty foods, including sauces, salsas, and chocolates. And the fun doesn’t stop at food! Specialty plants can also be purchased at the Queens Botanical Garden Farmer’s Market. Open on Fridays from June through November, get everything your heart (and stomach) so desire. Dahlia Ave. at Main S., 914-923-4837, downtoearthmarkets.com

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