Winter Farmers Market Guide
Winter Farmers Markets:
If you work in Manhattan, there is the Port Authority Bus Terminal Market on Thursdays or the Tompkins Square market on Sundays. While winter farmers markets are starting to pop up in the outer boroughs, there isn’t one in the Bronx yet.
There is one at the northern tip of Manhattan in Inwood Park on Saturdays on Isham Street between Seaman and Cooper Streets (GrowNYC.org/greenmarket/manhattan/inwood). We went on a recent Saturday morning and found a wide variety of vendors. I bought a few of boneless New York State duck breasts (for duck prosciutto) and cider donuts. Combine a trip to the market with a stop at either Wave Hill or the Cloisters and make a day of it.
If you have a car, there is a winter farmers market in Mamaroneck at the church on the corner of Post Road and Mamaroneck Avenue (downtoearthmarkets.com). The market is open Saturdays from January until May. If you arrive after 10 a.m., go downstairs and check out the church thrift store. We went a number of times last year and were happy to see many of the same vendors back again. What was really interesting was the increase in the vendors offering “value added” items such as soup, salads, potpies and frozen pops made from locally sourced ingredients. And, of course, cider donuts.
Winter CSA Programs:
The Farm Bridge (formerly known as Winter Sun Farm) delivers frozen locally grown vegetables and berries. There are a variety of delivery options ranging from a one-time delivery to five monthly deliveries. They deliver to the Riverdale CSA. Sign up at TheFarmBridgeShares.com.
Lewis Waite Farm is a cooperative of 40+ small family-run operations providing products ranging from pastured meat, dairy and eggs to wild-caught fish and pantry essentials. They make monthly deliveries, and there are options to purchase share boxes or shop a la carte. They deliver to the Riverdale CSA, the Locust Point (Throggs Neck) CSA and the Inwood Farmers Market. Sign up at CSALewisWaiteFarm.com.
GrowNYC’s Fresh Food Box Program is a food-access initiative that allows underserved communities to purchase primarily regionally grown produce—the best of what’s seasonally available—at well below traditional retail prices. Fresh Food Box customers can take advantage of the cost benefits of buying in a group and enjoy the quality and variety of a community-supported agriculture (CSA) share, with the flexibility of week-to-week purchasing. The site at the Bronxworks office, 1130 Grand Concourse, is open year round, Wednesdays from