2015-07-08 / Features

Summer Means Greenmarkets In Queens

Rise and shine Queens! A plethora of local farmers markets are waiting for you. Contrary to public markets which are open year-round in permanent structures with packaged goods, farmers markets feature foods sold directly from farmers to consumers. These markets consist of tables or stands, both indoors and outdoors, selling fresh vegetables, fruit, meats, and occasionally prepared food and beverages. To find a variety of choices, it is best to shop when the market first opens, however, if you would like to find discounts shop later in the day.

Visit the Astoria Greenmarket located on 14th Street, between 31st Avenue and 31st Road any Wednesday, between July 1 and November 18 from 8 am to 3 pm. This market sells vegetables, Mexican specialty products, multi-ethnic artisan breads and tortillas, herbs, and cut flowers from upstate New York.

Participate in a yoga class, workshop, or sculpture exhibition at Socrates Sculpture Park then amble through their Greenmarket. This market, located on Vernon Boulevard and Broadway, is open from 8 am to 4 pm on Saturdays, between June 6 and November 21. Enjoy fresh bread and baked goods, honey, vegetables, Mexican specialty produce, fruit, and juice from New York and New Jersey.

Every Sunday the Forest Hills Greenmarket on the south side of Queens Boulevard at 70th Avenue is open from 8 am to 3 pm all year round! Along with kids’ activities and cooking demonstrations is an assortment of produce. You can purchase fish, honey, artisan breads and pastries, goat milk cheeses, turkey, pickled products, wine, baked goods, vegetables, orchard and small fruit, and dairy products year round. During growing season, pork, lamb, poultry, eggs, bison, mushrooms, and Mexican specialty produce are added to the market. In the winter, horseradish and vegetables, berries, eggs, and pork are available from Dutchess County. These products come from all around New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Take a stroll through the beautiful Queens Botanical Garden and visit their Down to Earth Farmers Market on Dahlia Avenue and Main Street, between June 19 and November 20 from 8:30 am to 4 pm.

Empanadas, baked goods, salsa and sauces, chocolate, pear and apple cider, fruits, vegetables, house plants, perennials, annuals, and herbs are all available to purchase from farms around New York.—Julia Remache

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