Most days, this little island of land between Prospect Park and the Soldiers’ and Sailers’ Arch is a good place to stretch or gear up before taking off into the park. But on Saturdays, the 25+-year-strong greenmarket (like its cousin in Union Square) brings together farmers from upstate New York, rural New Jersey, and New England with cheerful throngs of local customers, often with their kids and pets in tow. The harvest includes lots of tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, cherries, berries, peaches and nectarines, and beautiful cut flowers in those warm months with abundant sunshine hours, and plenty of apples, cabbage, and potatoes in the cooler months. You’ll also find local meat, fish, dairy, bread, maple syrup, and small batch distilled spirits along with collection points for compost and recycled clothing.
Starting in 2016, the newly dubbed Grand Army Market showcases Etsy-worthy local crafts on summer Sundays, courtesy of the Brooklyn Flea.