New York City is one of the leading locales in the nation with winter farmers markets and holiday bazaars. All those New Yorkers lamenting the end of warm weather and with it the end of farmers markets are in luck. All five boroughs in New York City have at least one farmers market that continues throughout the winter.
A highlight is the New Amsterdam Market, open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays at the old Fulton Fish Market in Lower Manhattan. The exact location is on South Street between Beekman Street and Peck Slip. The market is also a piece of history, as according to its organizers, public markets have been held in the area since 1642.
"Our vision is to revive the historic Fulton Fish Market, a priceless public legacy that is owned by the people of New York and whose two market sheds have remained empty and unused since 2005," the market's mission statement says.
Other markets include the Park Slope Winter Market in Brooklyn and Manhattan's Greenmarkets at 57th, 79th, 82nd, and 97th streets, which are part of GrowNYC, which has a large number of other locations throughout the five boroughs. A full list of GrowNYC markets is available online.
The Farmer's Market Federation of New York has a listing of winter farmers markets by county throughout New York City and the entire state of New York.
Also thriving throughout the winter, especially during the holiday season, are night bazaars. One of the highlights of these is the Brooklyn Night Bazaar, inspired by night markets in Asia. It is going on from now through December 22 and offers a one-stop location for food, art, drinks, and music at 45 N. Fifth St. in Brooklyn on Friday and Saturdays, 6 p.m. to midnight. The beer and wine garden features several local breweries and wineries and microbreweries, including Sixpoint, Brooklyn Brewery, City Winery, and Brooklyn Winery.
The Chelsea Market (Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sundays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.) is also a great option year-round. Housed in the old National Biscuit buildings from Ninth to 11th Avenue and 15th to 16th Street, it is a cross between a community market, bazaar, and shopping center. There are a variety of stores, restaurants, stands, art exhibits, and street performers.
The outdoor Union Square market (East 14th to East 17th streets between Broadway and Park Avenue South) also stays open year-round. The Essex Street Market (120 Essex St., between Rivington and Delancey streets) is another good option. The market specializes in upper-end culinary products, including gourmet cheeses, premium cuts of meat, and fresh fish. They also sell general grocery items, but operate primarily as a public market that consists of a good number of smaller merchants. It is open from Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Genevieve Belmaker is a freelance journalist with more than five years of experience. She regularly reports on local news, events, and issues in New York City and is regularly published in The Epoch Times, a daily newspaper distributed throughout the five boroughs.
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