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by Jessica Mousseau (subscribe)
Jessica Mousseau is a copywriter & copy editor from the United States. Her work can be viewed at: www.jessicamousseau.com.
Published June 3rd 2011
Besides the fact that you didn't have to cook it, have you ever wondered why the food at your favorite New York City restaurant tastes so fresh? Chances are the vegetables and fruits used in the dishes were bought that very day (perhaps just hours before they were prepared) at one of the many New York City green markets (sometimes called farmer's markets) that are located in and around the City.

There are green markets located in Manhattan as well as some of the other boroughs. Below is a list of just a few of them. You should have no trouble finding one that is close to you so that you too can enjoy fresh produce at home.



Greenmarket Farmer's Market (various locations)

This is actually a cooperative between more than 200 farmers and fishermen and the Greenmarket Farmer's Market. The produce and other foodstuffs sold at the different locations is New York grown and brought to the over 54 markets in and around New York City.

There are over 20 sites in Manhattan alone, including such places as the Port Authority, City Hall, Das Hammerjold, and other public buildings, as well as several different locations in some of the other boroughs. You are probably closer to a Greenmarket Farmer's Market than you think.

Union Square Greenmarket, Union Square, West 15th to 17th Streets; 17th Street from Broadway to Park Avenue, South

This farmer's market is open all year long on Mondays, Wednesdays, Friday, and Saturday. The hours are 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM on those days. The closer to 8:00 AM you arrive, the better the selection will be. When you shop at this market, you may find yourself picking out tomatoes with one of New York City's famous chefs. If you do, you can feel proud that he has as good an eye for the best-looking produce as you do.

Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket, Prospect Park West and Flatbush Avenue

If you live in Brooklyn, you can take advantage of the fresh offerings at this farmer's market all year long. The market is open each Saturday from 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM. This is the second largest market in New York City, so you know you're going to have a huge selection to choose from. Look for organic chocolate milk, items for those who embrace a vegetarian diet, and "sinful" goodies for those who like to indulge themselves every now and then.

Jackson Heights Greenmarket, 34th Avenue between 77th and 78th Street; 78th Street between 34th Avenue and Northern Boulevard

This market opens on Sundays starting on June 6. Its last day of operation until the next growing season is December 19. This gives you a little over six months to take advantage of the freshest produce and other food items, including wild-caught fish. Visitors will enjoy looking around the Jackson Heights Neighborhood as much as they will shopping at the market. The neighborhood, like the market, is very diverse, and a real jewel in "Queens'" crown.

Staten Island Ferry Whitehall Terminal Greenmarket, 4 South Street, inside the ferry terminal building, Manhattan

When you disembark from the Staten Island Ferry, one of the first things you'll probably notice is the Greenmarket located at the Whitehall Terminal. The market is open on Tuesdays and Fridays, from 8:00 AM until 7:00 PM. This is New York City's first indoor Greenmarket, so you'll enjoy shopping for your fresh produce and other items shielded from the weather. Depending on the schedule, you may even get to watch some cooking demonstrations.
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Why? Because green eating and living is big in NYC
When: Whenever you want
Where: All over New York City
Cost: Free to enter
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