The Green Scene: New York City's Farm to City

Sun’s out, floral buds out! Spring has finally arrived in NYC after a long and harsh winter. How many nor’easters had to come through for us to get here? It's the perfect time now to head out to the outdoor farmers market and enjoy the weather to buy seasonal produce, fresh baked goods, and blooming flowers. Shopping at an outdoor farmers market isn’t like going to your neighborhood deli or grocery store. It is an experience to meet our neighborhood farmers who take time and care to harvest what we love to eat. The farm to table practice has been a big trend in the food industry as more people are looking for higher quality of food. However, shopping at the outdoor market is a lifestyle practice in this concrete jungle that helps to promote produce from local farmers and businesses.

Vendors come from all over the New York City regional area to sell high quality produce. Not only do we get to support local businesses, but we also are supporting a more sustainable lifestyle. Big chain grocery stores carry products that are high in preservatives and pesticides, which we all know isn’t good for you. However, the amount of packaging for each product is even worse for the environment. All the waste of boxes, plastic, and metals, contribute to that hunk of garbage island we all know is sailing in our oceans. At the farmers market, all the produce is out and ready waiting for you to pack them in a (stylish) reusable bag.

Just imagine a colorful tote or straw basket to carry carefully hand picked strawberries to wear with our Cheri top on a sunny Saturday morning to Union Square Greenmarket. This easy shifty top with contrast color ties at the sleeve is a great piece to wear with jeans for an effortless flirty look! A pop of color, along with the strawberries, will complement the neutral colors we offer in black and grey ties or white and tan ties. Apart from reducing waste for packaging, buying seasonal produce reduces amount of pollution and energy it takes to transport and refrigerate out of season fruits and vegetables. Taking all of these expenses out of the equation, buying seasonal produce is also cheaper to buy while cleaning up our world’s carbon footprint at the same time.

And if this active, healthy, and sustainable lifestyle is something to strive for, then run out to Down to Earth Chelsea Farmers Market, in our Stephanie track pants. The drawstring waist gives this pant a relaxed look, but the fit and multi textured knit will elevate your athletic appeal.

A trip to the farmers market is a delightful way to achieve a step goal on your Fitbit while searching for the perfect honeycomb. Pair them with our Gisele hoodie for an edgy and “down to New York” vibe. Don’t let the idea of a hoodie make you feel too hot for the weather. The open side vents with criss cross lace-up detail, adds a cool breeze to the body as well as a cool and sexy flair to your outfit. Both pieces are offered in black version and natural version, so you can match top and bottom or mix and match for a dynamic outfit.

Whichever part of New York City to look at, you can find a market in the neighborhood. Check out the Greenmarket website to see all the markets in your area. The website also has information about the farmers and where they come from so the experience of buying these produce is more personal. Take the chance to do something good for the Earth as well as your own body by not only eating fresh produce, but by basking in the golden sunshine and being seen in a exciting spring wardrobe. Look and feel your best while you peruse the lavender stand in some of our pieces this season.