New York City has no shortage of farmers markets and street fairs, which you will see dotting the city on any given day of the week, but you have to know which day to be where and how late they’re open to make sure that you don’t miss out. Here are the top farmer’s markets in the city and when you can catch them.
Union Square Green Market
The Union Square Green Market is fantastic, not only because of its extremely central and convenience location, but also because of the sheer size and variety of products on offer. It covers one whole half of the Union Square Plaza, and offers both fresh veggies and prepared local goods such as beer, cheese, bread, pastries, and more. It is also open year round on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 8am-6pm so it’s easy to catch this one.
Smorgasburg has taken on almost legendary status now, with one of the largest collections of New York Street carts around. It happens every weekend throughout the summer from 11am-6pm. On Saturdays, you’ll find it in its usual Williamsburg location, near the East River Park, and Sundays it has taken over a portion of Prospect Park called Breeze Hill (closest entrance off Lincoln Street). Come hungry and ready to spend some dough, because, with all of the different variety available, it’s gonna be hard to choose where to start.
Mad. Sq. Eats.
This food truck festival happens twice a year in the triangle of concrete between Madison Avenue and Broadway, right near Madison Square Park in the Flatiron District. It occurs once in the Spring and once in the Fall, both for a week at a time boasts tastes from some of the city’s best restaurants serving up “buzzworthy eats.” It’s a festival that draws residents of the neighborhood, tourists, and provides local office workers a reprieve from the usual lunch spots.
Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market
The Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market located on 39th Street and 9th Avenue is another year-round market, open every Saturday and Sunday rain or shine. The flea market has all kinds of different goods, from vintage clothes and shoes to jewelry, and unique odds and ends. Be prepared to haggle and dig through piles and piles of different things. This place is the epitome of the phrase “one man’s junk is another man’s treasure.” 25% of the proceeds of the flea market are also given to a Foundation which helps support local artists. This place is a truly unique New York experience.
Hester Street Fair
The Hester Street Fair in the Lower East Side has everything you could want out of a street fair–good noms, unique vendors, and entertainment. It’s open only on Saturdays throughout August and September and boasts wonderful, rollicking good time that may even tempt you to spend a bit more than you’d planned for the day. It’s situated near a park so though it can attract a crowd, it feels a bit calmer than some of the other NY street fairs. They are also introducing themed days, to up the ante even more.
New York is a veritable treasure trove of different green markets and street fairs, and you’re sure to stumble upon a few throughout your time here. Those listed here only scratch the surface of what New York has to offer.