Posted in August 2012

Happening Near The Moderns: Union Square Farmer’s Market

We’re smack dab in the middle of summer and The Moderns is lucky enough to be located steps away from the ever-busy Union Square, where every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, it serves as home to New York City’s largest farmer’s market – The Union Square GreenMarket (   While the market has been around since 1976, it has grown exponentially over the past 35 years as New Yorkers have become more in tune to the need for organic, wholesome and local products.

Occasionally, you may bump into one of us on a Friday afternoon, browsing the fruits, vegetables, cheeses, breads, flowers, syrups, and more that the local farmers, bakers, and fishermen set up. Just walking through the market and mingling with the 60,000 fellow supporters of local agriculture gives a deep sense of community that can be hard to come by in a large city.

Additionally, we’re lucky to have such a close resource for other community needs so close, as there are drop-offs for both composting and textile recycling in the market. And of course, at the very least, we can always take a lunch break to enjoy the collection of local artists and musicians that gather around Union Square year-round. How lucky we are to have so much right outside our doors!

Mountain Valley Water

Considering all the chemicals and toxins the average person consumes in the course of a day, we at The Moderns take solace in knowing that that we keep only the most natural, organic food and beverages stocked for ourselves.  And it’s not just the mid-day snacks, we’re looking at with a critical eye, it’s everything from the quality of the air in the office space to the water in the water cooler.

That’s right, the water. And as we’ve come to learn, not all water is the same. From concern about BPA and other plastic chemicals that leak from bottles into water, to concern about the source of the water and the effectiveness of any filtration done to the water, we’re lucky to have a found a source of clean water that is environmentally sound and all natural – Mountain Valley Water (

Water is delivered to us bi-weekly in reusable glass waters, while old bottles are picked up for future use. Packaging is as minimal as possible, and the water, which comes straight from a natural spring in Fayetteville, AK, has naturally occurring traces of calcium, but includes none of the additives added by many other companies, like salt.

Maybe it’s just the summer heat, but knowing they we are quenching our thirst with a natural, sustainable source is refreshing!