It’s hard to know exactly why eating fresh, organic, preferably locally grown has become such a ‘thing’ in NYC as there are a number of reasons. First up there’s a general shift towards eating organically grown produce as the evidence mounts on the bad effects of eating food liberally slathered in pesticides. Organic food doesn’t have more vitamins than other foods but it does have more antioxidants and animals and chickens raised organically have less drug resistant bacteria. It also tastes heaps better, just compare the taste of a yummy organically grown cherry tomato and then try a big agriculture, mass produced .
But surely one of the big reasons the preference for organic food in NYC is the abundance of fashion industry, sports industry and film/TV/ industry members, all of whom are super health conscious as their livelihoods depend on being healthy and looking good. And these people speak out talking up the virtues of their favorite organic foods and their favorite organic/locally grown produce stores and restaurants so people copy them. Any New Yorker will tell you that if you want to see a genuine New York celebrity head to your nearest Whole Foods Store and just wait, their favorite food is there and they will come.
So if you are a visitor to NYC how do you eat organically, where do you find all this tasty, healthy food? If you want to buy fresh organic food to cook yourself you have 2 options. Firstly you can go to Whole For Trader Joes, both of whom have lots of fresh foods, but also paleo, vegan and gluten free options ready made. Secondly you can search out one of NYC’s many farmers markets and simply buy up. A centrally located one is the Union Square Greenmarket open Monday, Wednesday and Fridays 8am-6pm. Or one in Brooklyn is the Park Slope Down to Earth Farmers Market open Wednesday and Sunday 10am-4pm. But they are all over and you can find a list here Green/Farmers Markets NYC
Of course many people opt to simply dine on readily available organic food from the many great restaurants that specialize in providing food for New Yorkers who want to eat as healthily as they can. See the video for a very popular paleo restaurant in NYC. Here’s a great list of a lot of them with details on where thye are and what kind of food they supply Healthy Eating Restaurants NYC Of course, given the way celebrities flock to these restaurants, they are often wrtten up in social media, further enhancing their reputations.