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When visiting a new town, browsing the stands of a farmers’ market is a great way to see a community and experience its homegrown flavors.
It’s always a priority for Chef Christina Pirello, who visits markets everywhere she travels—no matter how big or small the destination, how near or far it is from home. “I love the whole vibe and energy of the farmers’ market. It’s alive and social—people are buying bread, drinking coffee, chitchatting—and it has become a place where people can connect with the people who grow our food. ”
Have foodie friends at home? “It’s a great place to pick up a few souvenirs—from apple butter to local honey, dried heirloom beans to smoked salts,” adds Christina. And of course, if you have kids in tow, bring them along too. They’ll love sampling Bosc pears and hand-rolled pretzels. “I find that when kids interact with whoever grows or makes the food, that they are more inclined to eat it.” Who knows? Your famously picky eaters might be open to trying new flavors when in a new setting.
If you’re thinking you have to travel to the countryside to visit the best of the best, au contraire. It’s in fact the large and densely populated cities that are home to some of the largest and oldest still-running farmers’ market in the country. We’ve harvested our own list of must-visit markets on the East Coast and a few seasonal selections to look for at each.
Copley Square Farmers Market
From Cape Cod Fish Share to Granite Ledge Coffee, farmers, fishermen and food purveyors come from all around Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont to the heart of the Boston to serve up their New England’s best delicacies and freshest produce.
Insider Tip: After you pour some of Hamilton Orchard’s maple syrup onto an apple cider donut, take a seat on Copley Lawn adjacent to the market and map out your sightseeing destinations for the day.
Open:Tuesday: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Friday: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
New York City
Union Square Greenmarket
Even if you live in America’s largest concrete jungle, you can still have access to a fresh bounty of farm-grown eats. Since 1976, the Union Square Greenmarket has provided New Yorkers with rotating selections of fruits and vegetables, cheeses, breads, meats, jams, syrups and even wine. There’s also the feel-good factor of knowing that the Greenmarket donates 500,000 pounds of fresh unsold food to City Harvest each year.
Insider’s tip: In between bites of Honeycrisp apples and Bobolink Dairy’s cheddar cheese, flip through the pages of The New Greenmarket Cookbook, which features recipes from big-name chefs like Eric Ripert and April Bloomfield, and the stories behind the farms that inspire them.
Open: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
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