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9 U.S. farmers markets every food lover should visit

By: Josh Lew on Aug. 2, 2012, 6:21 p.m.
Union Square Greenmarket

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Union Square Greenmarket

The Union Square Greenmarket proves that farmers markets can thrive anywhere, even in a big concrete jungle like New York City. This Manhattan institution serves up locally grown produce, baked goods and even less common market items like fish and fresh cut flowers. Specialty items like pickles, cheeses, jams, wines and ciders are also on the menu, as are seasonal items like freshly made maple syrup. As many as 60,000 people come to Union Square on market days (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday of each week). This makes for a crowded but festive scene with many of the customers as knowledgeable about the products as the vendors themselves. Cooking demonstrations and gardening education are also part of the offerings at Union Square.