Grabbing fresh groceries post-commute will be much easier for Harlem residents this evening at the Harlem Pop-Up Greenmarket, the first ever nighttime farmer’s market in the city’s (recent) history. From 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. a group of Greenmarket purveyors and local Harlem businesses sell their products inside the Treasure Chest Flea Market on West 117th Street and Frederick Douglas Boulevard.
Until now, many commuters missed out on purchasing locally-sourced products, as farmer’s markets traditionally operate during the day and close up shop before most people clocked out in the evening. “The idea is to link our rural and urban communities and provide opportunities for all New Yorkers,” Michael Hurwitz, Greenmarket’s director, told the Daily News. “You can’t always get to the market and shop during the day if you’re working.”
The one-off market—organizers hope this will be the first of many such late-night markets in NYC—features eight farms, apiaries, wineries and the like, selling a variety of fresh vegetables and fruits, dairy products and other regional specialties. Nearby Hot Bread Kitchen will supply multi-ethnic artisan baked goods and local restaurants like the Ethiopian Zoma and hot spot Harlem Tavern will provide ready-made meals to time-strapped strap hangers.
Live music and refreshments keep things festive and, in keeping with the season, an on-site pumpkin patch will be open for Jack O’ Lantern selection. Shoppers have the option of using cash, credit/debit or EBT/SNAP benefits, an added bonus for traditionally cash-only outdoor markets. If you can’t make it to tonight’s big test run, the nearby 125th Street Farmer’s Market runs until 7 p.m. on Tuesdays through November.