Do you visit your local farmers market?
In the heart of NYC we have one of the most popular farmers markets located in union square. You can get pretty much anything at this market from fresh fruit, to pastries to apple cider and even meat and fish! Last week I was invited to a luncheon by The I Love NY Tourism Board and tour of the market and it was really so informative!
I’ve been to the market many times but I never knew the background on where the food was sourced from. There are SO many farmers in New York State and Long Island that that provide fresh produce to farmers markets all across the city. The Greenmarket Regional Farms network shared that they have over 500k acres of farm land that they source from. They cut out the middle men and bring the fresh produce directly from farm to table.
New York State Tourism
Contrary to popular belief, New York State is so much more than NYC there are so many beautiful wineries, breweries, cideries and stunning farms all across the state. You guys already know that I have family upstate so I am super familiar with the gorgeous landscape.
Here are some of the highlights and fun places you can visit in New York State (including some awesome places in Long Island too–It is way more than just the Hamptons!).
Awesome upcoming events in Long Island
Aug. 6: Long Island Craft Classic. Heckscher State Park. Over 50 craft breweries, wineries and cider mills.
Aug. 25: Lost Foods, New Foods. Southampton Historical Society. Sample local and heritage foods and beverages.
Sept. 10-11: Montauk Seafood Festival. Montauk. Sun, sand, surf and seafood.
Sept. 17-18: Long Island Garlic Festival. Aquebogue. Food, music, garlic eating contest, garlic ‘Iron Chef.’
Sept. 25: Long Island Potato Festival. Southampton. Mashed potato sculpting contest, potato peeling contest, potato salad contest, mashed potato eating contest. King/Queen spud.
Sept. 24-25: Greenport Maritime Festival. Greenport. Local crafts, pirates, tall ship tours, food and beverages.
Oct. 15-16: Oyster Festival. Oyster Bay. Local chefs, culinary pros, crafts, tall ships, midway rides.
For more information on Long Island Tourism check out: www.discoverlongisland.com
Central New York
There is SO much to do in Central New York–check it out!
- 184,500+ Hike-able Bike-able Public Wilderness
- 200+ Bird Species sighted at the great swamp conservancy
- 98 Miles of the Erie Canal that accommodate paddling biking and hiking
- For more information on Central New York check out visitcentralnewyork.com
We had the honor of being served at The Pavilion in Union Square:
The menu featured locally sourced meats and vegetables and all of the food was so, so good. It was really the best meal I’ve had in a long time. The vegetable flat bread was to die for. So yummy!
View this post on Instagram
This flat bread with local vegetables from #unionsquaremarket is so good! ???Thank you so much to the @iloveny tourism board for inviting me a yummy lunch AND sharing all about the awesome activities that are happening in New York State this fall! The farming industry in NY is huge and we MUST support!! #lunch #yum #nyceats #eeeeeats #eaaats #nycfood #food #foodie #foodiegram #foodgasm
[Tweet “Highlighting #Farmers Markets and Fun Places and #Festivals all over NYS! @I_Love_NY #iloveny”]