125th Street Farmers’ Market
125TH STREET FARMERS; MARKET163 W 125th St New York NY 10027
In the concrete jungle of New York City, it’s easy to lose touch with where food comes from. Expose your kids to a slice of agricultural life on a family outing to the 125th Street Farmers’ Market in Harlem. A bumper crop of fresh, healthy food awaits. The little ones will dash through the stands, checking out seasonal standouts you won’t find in a grocery store. Plums alone can run to forty varieties, and many of them make cameos here. Of course, you can only go so far with kale and kids. Ensure good behavior with a promise of a take-home bottle of syrup from Roxbury Mountain Maple, or an oatmeal cookie from The Luscious Little Dessert Company. This market enriches kids with more than just food, as there are art projects, demonstrations, and story times. Time your visit right and you can find even more elaborate attractions, like a live DJ, swing dance demonstration, Zumba session, or even a New Orleans brass band. Your kids will love getting in the flow and joining in the camaraderie of an upbeat music performance. Then again, maybe it’s time to dig in to all that farm-fresh bounty. Nearby parks are standing by for your picnicking pleasure. If you accidentally bring in a bottle of hard cider, we’ll never tell.
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Photograph by See-Ming Lee
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