If you have ever wondered why the fruits your grandma brings from the farm taste better, it’s because they are absolutely fresh. It’s time you make a switch. Farmers markets provide fresh fruits and vegetables that will give you some serious nostalgia for simpler times. Even if you didn’t grow up on a farm, you’ll still notice the difference, not just in the taste, but also in the way fresh fruits and vegetables can affect your health. Fresh produce is better for you and the planet we live on, now more than ever before. Lucky for you, NYC is buzzing with vibrant farmers markets that you should check out right now.
What are Farmers Markets?
A farmer’s market, like Greenmarket in NYC, is a fixed spot where consumers can buy fresh produce directly from farmers. They’re a kind of temporary marketplace crowded with tables and stands on which farmers sell their produce. While fresh foods are the most common product found in farmers markets, some might also sell plants and animals. Their sizes can vary from a stall or two to an entire block. Unlike stores, these markets are not highly regulated, but they too have some rules to follow. Most of them are established outdoors, but some areas have more sophisticated markets, depending on the local economic condition.
By removing middlemen and selling directly to consumers, farmers earn more and consumers receive fresh and flavourful produce at a lower price. The market reflects the city’s agriculture as most of the food is locally produced. So you might not find the same fruits and vegetables all year round in farmers markets. It all comes down to harvest seasons and the local farming culture. If you have doubts about where a certain food has been produced, you can simply ask. Some farms even offer location transparency and tours. This way you can satisfy your conscience, and have faith that what you and your family are eating is completely organic.
The USDA Farmers Market Directory keeps a record of all farmers markets in the U.S. You can check their page to find out registered farmers markets and the seasonal produce of your area. Dairy products like eggs and cheese are available year-round. Some farmers markets also offer a variety of local foods, cakes, wines, and treats. Meeting up with old friends while buying vegetables and inhaling the scent of fresh fruit is an old tradition that many people miss. You can revive it simply by going to farmers markets instead of larger retailers.
Pros of Buying from Local Farms
Following are some benefits of buying from farmers markets:
- Better pay for farmers
One of the lowest-earning segments of our population is farmers. Farmers work day and night to fight and utilize nature head-on. But they hardly get an adequate share of profit when they sell through middlemen. If you buy directly from farmers, they get to keep every cent. This way you can prevent natural farms from being replaced by mass-producing farm factories.
- Fresh produce
The products in supermarkets are sometimes weeks old. They’re coated with preservatives and kept in refrigerated trucks, transported from hundreds of miles away, and only reach you 3 to 5 days after they’re harvested. Whereas all the items in farmers markets are often picked early morning, on the same day they reach the consumers.
- Seasonal food
Seasonal fruits and vegetables offer better nutrition. If the sound of eating a banana covered in chemicals doesn’t sit right with you, you should take a little trip to the farmers market. Fresh produce also tastes better than food that has been produced artificially by using ripening agents, because the priority of factories mass producing fruits is quantity, not quality.
Organic food costs more in the U.S. than fast food, which is why many don’t have a good diet. But you don’t have to sell your kidney to afford a week’s worth of organic and fresh produce. Farmers markets offer reasonable prices and better taste. Shop smart!
In the process of developing quicker, faster, larger food, we have given alarming wounds to our planet. Carbon emissions from factories have accelerated global warming and we are living in the era of rapid climate change. You can play your part in environmental wellness by supporting greener alternatives. There is no plastic packaging for fresh produce. It breathes in the open as it should.
Farmer Markets NYC
There are numerous farmers markets in NYC. You can find the one that’s closest to you with one tap. One of the major networks of farmers markets in New York City is run by GrowNYC under the name “Greenmarket”. There are 50+ markets operating under it, all diligently supporting environmental health, and some are working independently. So there’s no shortage of farmers markets in the city that never sleeps.
Greenmarket in NYC serves as a hub for small families to sell their produce to the locals. It encourages the growth of farmers and the local economy. The timings of each market vary. In the heart of NYC, GrowNYC remains open on all working days except Monday, i.e.Tuesday to Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM. Other farmers markets in the financial district are the Bowling Greenmarket, which opens an hour earlier than GrowNYC, only on Tuesdays and Thursdays; and Fulton Stall Market that only closes on Sundays.
In the North of Houston and South of 42nd street, Union Square Greenmarket, Stuyvesant Town Greenmarket, and Down to Earth Chelsea Farmers Market are well-known names. Inwood Greenmarket is a favorite among the denizens of the big apple for its vast collection of dairy, fruits, and honey. Tucker Square Greenmarket near Central Park is another popular market where you’ll find picture-perfect pumpkins of all sizes. The south of Houston houses Tribeca Greenmarket, Monroe Market, and Lower East Side Farmstand. Brooklyn Borough Hall Greenmarket has some of the best raspberries, apples, and baked goods like freshly baked bread and potato knishes.
If you have doubts about the farmers, Greenmarket has an entire page dedicated to farmer-related information. It explains what the farmers sell and grow, their techniques, and timings. So you can easily check all the details related to the market in your block.
Also, here is a short four-minute Youtube video by chefs explaining how to shop at a farmers market.
Now, you’re ready to take a crucial step towards better environmental health.
Farmers markets in NYC are easy to locate. You’ll find comforting sights and delicious foods to enjoy. The fresh produce they sell is guaranteed to be organic, and if you have doubts, you can simply question the farmers about the methods used, and they might even offer you an invitation to visit their farm. You get better nutrition, taste, appearance, and price by purchasing from your local farmers, and you also do a good deed or two, by supporting small families and not feeding environmentally toxic industries.