Farmers Markets Union Square, where New Yorkers shop

The Farmers Markets Union Square brings fresh produce from upstate to the middle of Manhattan.

The Farmers Markets at Union Square brings a wonderful array of farm-to-table ingredients to NYC, with the personalities to match. As first-time tourists, prior to becoming New York City residents, we had no idea of the range of food options the city offered. When we finally moved here, we’d head to the Westside Markets or Whole Foods, but the true epicenter of farm-fresh delights is to be found at Union Square Farmer’s Markets on 14th Street.

Union Square is like the beating heart of Manhattan. From the panhandlers to the chess sharks, the Hare Krishnas to the fortunetellers, this melting pot is where the city intersects – both in the square and in the busy transit hub underground. Which makes it easy to get to.

Market Days at the Farmers Markets Union Square

Market days are on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with the weekend session attracting the biggest crowds and the most vendors. It turns the square into a massive food court. The range is truly impressive. There are fresh, home made jams and jellies, apple cider donuts and hard apple cider, local whiskeys, wines and bootleg-style moonshine. From quail eggs to duck jerky, fresh apples pies to artisan spelt loafs, maple rock candy to fresh herbs, the prices are surprisingly fair for a major city and the quality is first class.

In winter, the markets are considerably smaller but they offer hot apple cider for as cheap as $1 and if you visit prior to Christmas, they are transformed into a magical Christmas market.

Bernie and Jess

As locals, we are lucky to be able to call the Union Square Green Markets our go-to for our weekly fresh groceries, but it’s just as enticing for visitors too.

As New York residents, Bernie and Jess have a range of incredible local places to try or to add to your New York travel itinerary ideas here.



Union Square Green Markets is an open-air green markets that brings the best of the Hudson Valley, Connecticut and Pennsylvania to Manhattan.


Union Square between 14th Street and 17th Street


For more information visit their site.


Sunday Closed
Monday 8AM–6PM
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 8AM–6PM
Thursday Closed
Friday 8AM–6PM
Saturday 8AM–6PM
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