With its abundance of restaurants and artisanal food shops, Park Slope has become synonymous with farm-fresh and organic cooking. Here are some places residents can source local ingredients for their home-cooked meals.
Park Slope Food Coop | 782 Union Street
This socially and environmentally conscious food cooperative has more than 16,000 members including local foodies and families. To become a member and purchase the farm-fresh produce and grocery items for which the coop is famous, Baltic residents need only volunteer for three hours a month, doing anything from slicing cheese to working the register—while cultivating a relationship with the Park Slope community in the process.
Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket | Prospect Park West & Flatbush Avenue| Saturdays 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
Hudson Valley Duck Farm, Evolutionary Organics, Ronnybrook Farms, and Lavender by the Bay are just a few of the New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey-based companies and farms that delight all types of foodies on Saturday mornings year round at the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket. Located near the magnificent Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Arch right outside Prospect Park, the market sells everything from freshly baked baguettes and crisp apples for an afternoon picnic to greens and grass-fed meat selections for dinner. Founded in 1989, Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket draws shoppers from throughout New York City.
Union Market | 754-756 Union Street
The aisles of Union Market in the heart of Park Slope are carefully stocked with the best local ingredients. Artisanal Brooklyn-based companies like Empire Mayonnaise are represented alongside must-have brands like Tate’s Bake Shop. Selling a range of products from prepared entrees and salads to kimchi and Kalamata olives, Union Market strikes the perfect balance between the selection of a supermarket and the intimacy of a neighborhood shop.
Down to Earth Farmers Markets | 5th Avenue between 3rd & 4th Streets Wednesdays 3 p.m.-7 p.m. | Sundays 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Founded in 2004 and running between April and December, the Park Slope Down to Earth markets have grown into something of a local institution. Regular vendors include Greenhook Ginsmiths, Stone & Thistle Farm, City Saucery, and Blue Oyster Cultivation. While this market is somewhat smaller than its older counterpart at Grand Army Plaza, its setting is perhaps even more historic; it’s set on the grounds of The Old Stone House, which was built in 1699 and served as the site of the Revolutionary War’s Battle of Brooklyn.
Whole Foods | 214 3rd Street
The original cathedral to all things organic and natural made its Park Slope debut a few years ago. Baltic residents who prefer to ride to pick up pantry staples will be pleased to find ample bike parking at the store, as well as an on-site bike repair shop. This particular Whole Foods also features a juice bar and a rooftop Biergarten—plus a 20,000-square-foot rooftop greenhouse that grows the Gotham Greens produce available for purchase in the store.