August 2012

Textile Recycling at Confucius Plaza a Success

On Sunday, August 12th the GrowNYC crew had their second textile recycling event at Confucius Plaza in as many months. OROE volunteers Nga Yan and Shi Chao came out to lend a hand in diverting over 2,250 lbs from the landfills, bringing the total to over 3 tons of materials in just two days! We’d like to give a special thanks and congratulations to the management and residents of Confucius Plaza for their partnership and enthusiasm. Here's to another successful foray in community supported recycling! GrowNYC currently offers weekly textile collection at 19 Greenmarkets. If you are interested in hosting a one-time textile collection in your community, please contact us at (212) 788-7964.

Tompkins Square Greenmarket Iron Chef: Veselka Bowery Vs. Hearth Restaurant

Come see two culinary cornerstones of the East Village in the hot seat at Tompkins Square Greenmarket on September 9th, as Veselka Bowery and Hearth Restaurant / Terroir Wine Bar face off to claim the title of Iron Chef. Each chef will have just an hour to transform a "mystery basket" of market ingredients into a delicious dish.  Traven Rice of The Lo-Down blog and an esteemed panel of judges will crown a winner, and limited samples will be available to the public. Sunday, Sept 9 1-4pm Tompkins Square Greenmarket 7th St at Avenue A Veselka Bowery is an East Village institution, begun in 1954 as a small candy store and newsstand and quickly taking over the neighboring steak luncheonette. It began with a small following of people looking for inexpensive homemade authentic Eastern European food in an underground atmosphere and today offers an extensive menu that features homemade Ukrainian foods along with traditional American diner fare and an eclectic mix of daily specials. http://www.veselka.com/bowery/ Hearth Restaurant & Terroir Wine Bar are both located in Manhattan's East Village. Their food is rooted in the modern traditions of the American kitchen with influences from their Italian heritage. Most important to Hearth is their expression of hospitality. The hearth is the home and they take this sentiment to heart, aspiring in all manner of ways to exceed expectations.  http://www.restauranthearth.com/

Summer Reading: Increase in Farmers Markets in NY

On August 11, we welcomed the Comptroller, his colleagues and partners from across the state and city to Union Square to take a tour of our flagship market, and announce the release of the report.

 

As summer reached its peak with tomatoes and corn in abundance at the market, New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli released a new report announcing the proliferation of farmers markets in New York City and across the state. Since 2000, the number of farmers markets in New York State has more than doubled, and GrowNYC’s Greenmarkets account for 54 of the 138 farmers markets located across the city’s five boroughs. As the report notes, "Farmers' markets have become increasingly important for sustaining regional farms," and through programs like EBT, Health Bucks, and the Farmers Market Nutrition Program, farmers markets are accessible and affordable for all New Yorkers. Best of all, the revenue that is generated goes directly back into the regional economy. Read the rest of the report.

Greenmarket Youth Education Sandwich Smackdown Sept. 8th

Get ready for the inaugural Greenmarket Sandwich Smackdown! This fun, kid-friendly event hosted by the Greenmarket Youth Education Project, will take place on Saturday, September 8th at the Union Square Greenmarket, and will be an opportunity for kids ages 6 to 14 years old to show off their sandwich making skills and love for local food! Teams of kids and adults will be working together to shop for local ingredients at the Union Square Greenmarket to create the ultimate market-inspired snack. Kids and adults interested in forming a team to represent an organization, company or individual group can sign up here. View the flyer:

Birdie visits Union Square to Promote Reusable Bags

Greenmarket and GreeNYC will be promoting reusable bags with GreeNYC mascot Birdie at the Union Square Greenmarket at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, August 8. Stop by to meet Birdie and make a pledge to reduce the use of plastic. Birdie will reward individuals who pledge to make a difference with a reusable tote bag, perfect for stocking up on local produce. More: New Yorkers consume more than 5 billion plastic bags each year. Plastic bags litter our neighborhoods, depletes global natural resources and contribute to carbon emissions and climate change. Littered plastic bags can easily make their way to storm drains and then into our waterways. GreeNYC is the public education arm of PlaNYC, Mayor Bloomberg’s plan for a greener, greater NYC. GreeNYC works to educate, engage, and mobilize New Yorkers to rise to the challenges of reducing their energy use, living a more sustainable lifestyle, and shrinking the citywide carbon footprint--actions that are critical to achieving the overall PlaNYC goal of reducing NYC’s greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2030 and improving the quality of the city’s environment. View the event flyer.