There are a ton of farmers’ markets in New York City, but I always find myself drawn to the Union Square Greenmarket. It’s massive and packed and has myriad options. But with that comes a massive crowd, increasing the probability of running into an ex or having someone step on my foot. So when I want the farmers’ market experience without the Trader Joes-esque stress, I go to Borough Hall. While their vendors are few, they have just what you need for light summer shopping.
The Borough Hall Farmers’ Market takes up part of Borough Hall Plaza on Court and Montague Street in Brooklyn. It’s open three times per week (Saturday, Tuesday and Thursdays) from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and has been bringing farm-fresh produce, dairy, meats and more to the area for over 25 years.
Most of their vendors are on site year-round, like American Seafood (for wild-caught fish from Suffolk, New York), Central Valley Farm for raw milk cheeses and Ballards Honey. The space sometimes offers cooking demonstrations throughout the season and has a compost collection area for those who want to minimize their carbon footprint. If you’ve just walked the Brooklyn Bridge or want to explore Cobble Hill, this is a can’t-miss destination for farm-fresh groceries.
Ariel Kanter is an editor at Gilt City and contributing food writer to amNewYork. She lives and eats in New York City. Follow her on Twitter @RavenousRel and Instagram @ArielKanter for photos of meals and, occasionally, her cat Jasper.