Union Square, in the heart of Manhattan, has been hosting a farmers market for nearly forty years. In more recent years, as awareness of the health benefits of locally-grown, organic produce has increased, the number of farmers displaying their harvests and the number of shoppers buying them has also increased. In peak season, as many as 60,000 people pass through this market each day. Small, local farms grow more diverse, specialty crops for a smaller audience. Shorter transit times enables produce to retain its nutritional value when sold. Additionally, buying from local farmers helps families and communities remain independent and it helps keep land open and green. There are many farmers markets around NYC. Check grownyc.org for a list of markets in neighborhoods throughout the city.