Two Hours in NYC: Union Sq Greenmarket is for Adventurous Foodies

February 01, 2018

Union Sq Green Market

So you’re in New York City for business and you've only got two hours or one afternoon to spend between meetings. If it's a Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday, one of our best suggestions for how to spend an afternoon in New York City is to visit the Union Square Greenmarket. 

For Travelers Who Like:  Food and a bit of history

 Where to Go:  The Union Square Greenmarket is located in Manhattan's Union Square Park.  Take a taxi or an Uber to Union Square.  Or you can take the 4, 5, 6 , N, Q, R or W train to the 14th Street-Union Square stop. See the website for the Greenmarket's hours, the current list of vendors, and status in case of inclement weather.

Also, here are links to two articles about how to make the most of farmers' markets while you're traveling:

Ten Farmers' Market Shopping Tips (The Spruce)

How to Get the Most Out of Farmers' Markets While Traveling (New York Times)

What Makes It Special:  Union Square Park lies at the place where Broadway intersects with several other major thoroughfares. The park is bordered by four famous New York neighborhoods:  Chelsea, Flatiron, East Village, and Gramercy Park.

History buffs should note the equestrian statue of US President George Washington, depicting the day in 1783 that the British evacuated the city and General Washington led his troops back into New York.  Other important statues include those of Abraham Lincoln and Mahatma Gandhi.

Union Square Park is full of the gritty urban color that New York is known for, like ongoing chess games between random opponents.

But if you're just there to shop, you'll have plenty to do. On a recent Wednesday, there were about 50 food and product vendors to browse.  

A sampling of vendors included bakeries like Body & Soul which specializes in vegan baked goods and She Wolf Bakery which has fresh baked sourdough, rye, and other specialty loaves of bread. A traveler who had access to kitchen facilities while they were in town could have picked up some heirloom tomatoes from Eckerton Hill and some organic, hydroponic greens from Two Guys from Woodbridge.  Travelers looking for nonperishable items could find them at Lavender by the Bay or Rosehaven Alpaca which sells yarn and craft items made from alpaca fiber. 

Must Try: The day we were at the Greenmarket, there were several vendors who should not be missed if they're that day.  

  • Orange County Distillery is a fifth generation farm that uses its produce to make a variety of whiskey, bourbon, and gin. 
  • The adventurous should sample the wares at Roaming Acres which makes jerky from bison and ostrich.
  • Francesca's Bakery had the most scrumptious looking and smelling baked goodies.
  • Our personal favorite was Full Moonshine, a distillery that brews moonshine in flavors like Maple and Cranberry.  They hand out tastings so make sure you stop by. The Apple Pie Moonshine was amazing! Delicious!  Potent! If you indulge, make sure you don't have any afternoon meetings. 

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