Farmers Markets in Queens- How and where to shop for locally grown food

Farmers-market-photo Open-air farmers markets connect local farmers with city residents by delivering fresh healthy produce to all five boroughs. New Yorkers can purchase fresh fruit, vegetables, and other locally produced products straight from regional farmers. Here is a list of Farmers Markets in Queens NY and tips on how to be a savvy greenmarket shopper.

How to be a smart and savvy farmer’s market shopper:

Get to know your Farmer

Shop around and get to know your farmers. Ask questions about prices, growing standards and quality. You can then decide who are your favorites and frequent them.

Try Something New

Go to the greenmarket with no expectations and be ready and open to anything. Supermarkets usually have thick skinned fruit and veggies which have little flavor but are better for shipping. At the market however you will see many varieties of produce like tomatoes and apples that you have never tried before. Be adventurous and give them a try.

Go Early for Quality

The early birds will get the best pick so try to get there early if you are looking for something specific.

Go Late for Value

Toward the end of the day, farmers who have not sold out may drop their prices so if you are looking for a deal, the later the better.

Come Prepared

You are going to a greenmarket after all. Try to remember to bring your own bags, and maybe an ice pack for eggs or milk. 640_Amish_baked_goods_in_Charlotte_Hall

Learn to Preserve

At farmers markets, food is available only when it is in season. Savvy farmers market shoppers make sure to load up on seasonal fruits and vegetables and feast year round on jams, pesto, salsas, and fresh frozen corn.

Queens Farmers Markets

Weekday Markets

Queens Botanical Garden Farmers’ Market

Location: Dahlia Avenue off Main Street

Astoria Greenmarket

Location: On 14th Street between 31st Ave. and 31st Road

This is a great weekday market with an excellent selection of fruits and vegetables that draws a large number of shoppers. Angel’s Farm has vegetables along with a huge variety of Mexican hot peppers, specialty greens and tomatillos, and Alex’s Tomato Farm rounds out the market with more vegetables and fruits.

Long Island City Greenmarket

Location: On 48th Ave between Vernon Blvd and 5th St, 1 block away from Gantry Park

Located on 48th Avenue between Vernon Blvd and 5th St in Long Island City, this Saturday Greenmarket is the perfect place for residents and Gantry Park/Pier visitors to stock-up on a bounty of fresh locally grown produce like Nolasco Farm’s large selection of vegetables and specialty Mexican produce; just-picked apples, fruits, berries and juices from Red Jacket Orchards and Breezy Hill Orchards; fresh pasta, eggs and chicken from Knoll Krest Farm and baked goods from Meredith’s Bakery and Not Just Rugelach.

Elmhurst Greenmarket

Location: 41st Avenue between 80th and 81th Streets

Schedule: Tuesdays, July 13 through November 23, 8am – 5pm

Corona Greenmarket

Location: Roosevelt Ave at 103 Street

Schedule: Fridays, 8am-5om, July 9 through November 19

This new greenmarket is situated by Corona Plaza at the foot of the103rd St at the Roosevelt stop on the N train and 7 train. This market will serve the diverse surrounding community with farm-fresh offerings and fun activities.

Weekend Markets

Jamaica Farmers’ Market

Location: 160th St. off Jamaica Ave. (Street Address: 90-40 160th Street)

This market sells Fruit, Herbs, Plants, and Vegetables.

NY Hall of Science Farmers’ Market
Location: 111th St. and 48th Ave. off Corona Ave., Corona (Street Address: 47-01 111th Street)

The NYSCI sells Baked Goods, Cut Flowers, Fruit, Herbs, Plants, and Vegetables

Ridgewood Youth Market

Location: Myrtle & Cypress Avenues

This is a youth run market which is coming back to Ridgewood again this summer.

Jackson Heights Greenmarket

Location: 34 Avenue between 77 & 78 Streets, and on 78 St between 34 Avenue and Northern Blvd.

Located in one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the city, the recently expanded Jackson Heights Greenmarket is the largest and busiest market in Queens. Beautifully sited along the edge of Travers Park, this bustling Sunday market draws a large crowd of families, long-time residents and young couples who come out to shop, enjoy the lively scene, and meet and greet their neighbors. The 78th Street playstreet is right nearby and they host family-friendly events each Sunday adjacent to the market, making this market a real destination.

Sunnyside Greenmarket

Location: On Skillman Ave between 42 & 43 Streets

Schedule: Saturdays, June 5 – December 18, 8am-3pm

Going into its 4th season and set on a shady, tree-lined avenue near Lou Lodati Park. On hand are a selection of vegetables, eggs, fruit, cider, baked goods and fish. Cheese, pickled vegetables, grass fed beef, locally produced wines, and Asian specialty produce are also available.

Forest Hills Greenmarket

Location: 101-15 Metropolitan Avenue (right off 71st Avenue)

Schedule: Every Saturday (starting July 10th), 8am – 4pm

This Greenmarket is in its first year and hopefully going to find a successful home in Forest Hills. Started by a Queens mother, you can come and get your local produce close to home.