You can never have too many farmers' markets. If that isn't someone's slogan, it should be. This weekend, downtown NYC will get the gift of two new farmers' market locations.
PETROSINO SQUARE REAL FOOD MARKET: Lafayette Street between Kenmare & Spring (recommend a taco at La Esquina afterward)
Both markets will run starting this Saturday, and every Saturday, 10am - 2pm until December 23.
The markets will be managed by Real Food Markets, a company that runs outdoor markets for farmers, farmer co-ops, food artisans, and hand-picked purveyors of first-rate regional, seasonal, and traditional foods.
Real Food Markets are different from farmers' markets, where all vendors are producers. A Real Food Market is more like outdoor markets in Europe: alongside farmers and bakers there will be food artisans and purveyors such as cheesemongers. Raw ingredients—meat, poultry, fish, milk, eggs, produce—will be regional. The region for Real Food Markets—the nine states of the Northeast—is larger than at most farmers' markets, such as the Union Square market.