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Greenmarket, Union Square

Listed under Markets in New York City, United States.

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The largest of New York’s ‘greenmarkets’ is the open air Farmer’s Market at Union Square in downtown New York. The market was started in 1976 to provide an opportunity for regional growers to sell their produce directly to New Yorkers and has now expanded to 160 farmers who come from as far away as Vermont to sell their wares.

It’s all about variety at the greenmarket as you can pick your way through blue potatoes, purple and white carrots and over 300 types of hot peppers. The market also sells fresh fish and meat, artisan cheeses, special granary and organic breads, jams, conserves and home made ice-creams and dairy products. Produce seen early in the morning on market days often appears later that day on the plates of the many New York restaurants for whom the market is a key supplier.

Although this market is chiefly concerned with raw foods, there are Pennsylvanian Dutch pretzels and many other snacks to nibble on and music groups that play for your entertainment whilst you walk around the square. You can even take your laptop and search for recipes whilst you’re there, as there is free wi-fi.

Written by  Alessia Horwich.

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