Union Square Greenmarket-good on weekdays?
Is this a great market on Mondays and Wednesdays or do fewer vendors come during the week? Thanks.
Yes, there are fewer vendors Monday and Wednesday. About 40 or so on Monday, maybe 50-60 on Wednesday. Friday actually has the most vendors. But in my experience, unless I'm looking for a particular item carried by only one vendor- 3 Corner Field Farm lamb, for example, any day the Greenmarket is open I find plenty to buy.
I agree with Ann900. As long as you're not looking for something from a specific vendor, the greenmarket is usually very good on M/W. The best part is that it's a lot less crowded and easier to get around, talk with vendors, etc.
I've been going to the Union Square Greenmarket for over 30 years, from back in the day when all they had were apples and pretzels, and when Union Square Park was seriously scary. (I live a few short blocks away.) They weren't always open on Mondays. But like Ann and egit, I go all four times a week, and am always cheered by just being there. This and September are the very best time of year for produce, but now there are wonderful purveyors of cheeses, meats, and I've never bought my Thanksgiving turkey anywhere but Quattro Farms. I'm just so lucky to live so nearby!
I actually prefer to go on Wednesdays and Fridays (less crowded, some of my favorites don't come on Saturdays). The market is much smaller on Monday and I usually skip it.
I try to buy good proteins when I see them because I know I can freeze them. Maybe not fish but certainly pork, lamb, poultry and beef. I have always found great vegetables every time the market is open so I don't worry so much about the day.
I went today expecting to find Grazin' Angus, my favorite beef producer, but found out that they will no longer be there on Wednesdays.
I think we're pretty lucky to have markets of this quality open so much of the week.
What a great market, and I was shocked to see how much less expensive it was than here in Seattle. We pay a couple bucks more for a dozen eggs, for a loaf of bread...veggies seemed cheaper too. Very interesting.