Just a short stroll from our front door is the Union Square Greenmarket, a four-day-a-week farm stand on steroids. It all started more than 35 years ago when a few intrepid farmers set up shop in Union Square Park. Today, when peaches, tomatoes and corn are at their peak, it’s not unusual to find more than 140 regional farmers (plus a handful of fishermen, artisan bread bakers and blenders of everything from honey to cider to maple syrup) covering every square inch of the park’s north and west sides. It’s a great opportunity to rub elbows with New Yorkers and fellow guests of flatiron boutique hotels as they pick through a profusion of just-picked fruits and vegetables, fresh-cut flowers and other seasonal treasures. The Greenmarket is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 8 am to 6 pm.
Address: Union Square Park at 14th Street