The Union Square Greenmarket is turning 37 on Wednesday, July 17, and its parent organization GrowNYC is throwing a birthday part of sorts for the beloved greenmarket called a Midsummer’s Night at Greenmarket, to run from 4pm to 8pm. It’s a celebration bringing together favorite vendors, local restaurants, live music and more. Here are three reasons to visit their first-ever nighttime market.
The Food: In addition to the market’s usual Wednesday Greenmarket farmers — with their produce, meats, cheeses and more — more than a dozen acclaimed restaurants will be selling their own fare. Highlights include Back Forty, Craft, Hearth, Telepan, and (of course) Union Square Cafe. Expect summer-suited dishes, such as this lineup from Back Forty: cold corn soup with lobster corn relish, pulled pork sliders, anise-hyssop lemonade and sour cherry crumb pie.
The Drink: Head to the “Brooklyn Beer Bar” in the pavilion, where you can try Brooklyn Greenmarket Wheat — a partnership between Brooklyn Brewery and GrowNYC. The beer is brewed from New York-sourced wheat and barley, and proceeds support the greenmarkets and their operations.
Music and More: Expect live tunes from New York musicians, The Blue Vipers of Brooklyn and Jude Roberts.
Pro tip: Register on Eventbrite and get a “pass” that scores you $1 off every dish. (unsqnightmarket.eventbrite.com)
Wednesday, July 17, 4-8pm; 17th St. at Union Square West; grownyc.org/nightmarkets