The Upper East Side isn’t exactly office central of New York City (that would be Midtown—Central, East, or West—or the Financial District), but there’s no question that people who do work in the area need to duck out of the office every so often. While several of New York City’s other neighborhoods have many spaces and parks for the public to explore and enjoy, the Upper East Side has very few (not counting Central Park because that’s obviously a huge attraction).
Nevertheless, this is still the Upper East Side and the neighborhood makes sure its public spaces, as few as they may be, count.
Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of speaking with Shamus Clancey of Cayuga Pure Organics.Cayuga Pure Organics is a farm dedicated to using sustainable farming practices to grow healthy food and create “a food system that works.”
Founded in 2003 by Erick Smith and Dan Lathwell , the Brooktondale, NY farm has grown from originally producing feed to growing various types of beans and grains and selling them on Saturdays at the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket, Greenpoint Greenmarket, and Union Square Greenmarket. You can also check them out on Twitter @cayugapure.
One of the original farms to join New York’s Greenmarket back in 1976, Stokes Farm is a New Jersey-based and family-owned produce farm. Founded in 1873, the seventeen-acre farm is currently run by fifth-generation farmer Ron Binaghi, Jr. From April through December, you can find the Stokes Market stand at Union Square every Wednesday and Saturday, Tucker Square every Thursday and Saturday, and Tribeca every Saturday.
If you live in New York City, particularly in Manhattan or Brooklyn, it’s very likely that you have stumbled upon one of the city’s numerous farmers markets. Farmers markets are an invaluable community institution: by bringing people together over a mutual love of fresh and healthy food, farmers markets help foster strong relationships between consumers and local vendors.
Based in South New Berlin, New York, Walling’s Maple Syrup is a family-owned and operated maple syrup business. The Wallings have been producing maple syrup for over two decades, and now you can purchase their syrup and other sweet treats every Saturday from 8:00AM to 3:00PM at the Tribeca Greenmarket (Greenwich St. @ Chambers St.).