Union Square Greenmarket: Let’s Get Ready to Rumble

Green Market Corn

Greenmarket Corn Cobs

On Saturday, I passed through the swarm at the Greenmarket in New York City’s Union Square area just below 17th street between Park Avenue South and Broadway.

It’s great to see and buy fresh vegetables and fresh breads and fresh fish and all that… yet, the Greenmarket’s bustling crowds make Macy’s on 34th street look like a deserted beach.

I can stand about five minutes tops at the Green Market as I have become increasingly impatient in my advancing age. I would recommend to all visitors that they come prepared (know what you want before you get to USQ) so that the shopping experience is as painless as possible.

Observation #2:

There are a large number of farmers of asian descent at the Green Market – more than I ever recall in previous years.

Not sure what to make of it.. the vegetables all look the same to me no matter the grower’s nationality. But if the heavy influence of koreans in the New York City corner deli business is any indication, perhaps this same community is looking to leverage its current distribution channels and enter the higher margin ‘green’ markets.

Generally, I’ve always felt a certain ‘let’s-go-rip-off-the-city-people’ attitude at The Greenmarket – it would be great to see a little market competition that might help bring down costs and bring back middle class New Yorkers to the overpriced greenfest.

Last note – To all you cellphone users staggering along in the Greenmarket on Saturday mornings who just have to make another phone call to Tara or Chad while they sip their morning mimosa in the Hamptons – get out of my way!


September 4th, 2007

Entry Filed under: Food

1 Comment

  • 1. Rachel Greenspan  |  February 7th, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    Try the Greenmarket in Tompkins Square Park on Sunday. Its not super crowed. There is still a good variety of veggies, fruits, and baked goods. There is yummy cheese and yogurt. The people are friendly and for the most part there are no annoying cell phone users getting in the way.


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