February 2013

Come see GrowNYC at the 2013 Farm to City Expo

2013 Farm to City Expo
Monday, March 4, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
655 W. 34th St

Attend panels on local purchasing and food infrastructure, followed by networking opportunities, and learn about Greenmarket Co. from GrowNYC executive director Marcel Van Ooyen, on a panel devoted to exploring regional wholesale infrastructure (12:20-1:10 p.m.). Enjoy all day access to over 40 New York farms and food companies at the Pride of New York MarketPlace.

Register by February 28 using this link: http://bit.ly/WP1rgI

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Grains Come into Focus at Northeast Organic Farming Association’s Winter Conference

It was a “Wheat and Greet” that set the tone for the weekend as attendees arrived on a Friday night late last month for NOFA-NY’s annual Winter Conference in Saratoga Springs, New York. Local breads, pastas, beer, and spirits flowed freely as tasters chatted with the growers and processors who created them. Standout products included Flour City’s emmer fusilli and Kelso Brewery’s Rauchbier made with a smoked triticale malt, both of which consistently surprised people with outstanding flavors not normally associated with beer and pasta. To the question most heard throughout the night — “Where can I buy this?” — suppliers could happily point people to the many stores now stocking their products. Not bad for a region that just a few years ago did not have much in the way of food-quality grain.

On Saturday, Greenmarket and the Organic Growers’ Research and Information-Sharing Network, hosted a workshop on grain processing where presenters shared their products and experiences with a crowd of current or aspiring entrepreneurs hoping to launch their own thriving business in the delicious world of grains – be it growing, malting, milling, baking, or distilling, to name just a few. Greenmarket and OGRIN debuted their recently completed technical assistance video: A local Grain Renaissance in the Northeast.

Each year, the conference features a “grains track” with workshops covering topics like how to set up a malting facility to work with the many new regional distilleries; how to grow and mill food-grade grains, and new research on crop yields and disease resistance among the many grain varieties in the region.

While there is still much to be done, the NOFA-NY conference showed that the links in the supply chain are strengthening, new infrastructure is being built, and the wonderful symbiosis from farmer, to grain processor, to consumer continues to grow.

If you missed the conference, fear not! Greenmarket and the Organic Growers’ Research and Information-Sharing Network host a Shortcourse on Grain Processing in the Northeast on March 2 at Glynwood in Cold Spring, NY. Contact Elizabeth Dyck at OGRIN (edyck@ogrin.org) to register.


Greenmarket Schedule Updates (due to Winter Storm Nemo)

Due to Winter Storm Nemo, some Greenmarkets and services provided at those Greenmarkets, including compost and textile collection, will have schedule changes this weekend. We will provide updated information at this blog post.

Greenmarket Weekend Updates

Sunday Greenmarkets are OPEN and FULL, come visit your farmers and stock up for the week! See below for compost and textile collection information.

Compost and Textile Collections Schedule for Saturday 2/9 and Sunday 2/10

Manhattan Tribeca NO NO
Manhattan Abingdon Square NO NO
Manhattan Union Square NO Hosted by the Lower East Side Ecology Center. Click here for updates.
Manhattan Tucker Square NO NO
Manhattan 82nd Street NO NO
Manhattan Inwood NO YES – 8am-12pm
Brooklyn Grand Army Plaza NO NO
Brooklyn McCarren Park NO NO
Brooklyn Ft. Greene NO NO
Brooklyn Brooklyn Borough Hall NO NO
Manhattan Tompkins Square Park YES – 8am-4pm NO
Manhattan 79th Street NO NO
Manhattan Columbia YES – 8am-3pm NO
Queens Jackson Heights YES – 8am-2pm Hosted by BIG!Compost. Click here for updates.
Brooklyn Carroll Gardens YES – 8am-2:30pm NO
Brooklyn Cortelyou YES – 8am-2:30pm NO