Greenmarket Holiday Schedule Changes

Due to the upcoming holidays, there are several changes to the Greenmarket schedule. 

If a market is CLOSED, there will be no food scrap collections and/or textile recycling. 

Wednesday, December 24
Union Square Greenmarket  (Manhattan)  OPEN
Bartel-Pritchard Greenmarket (Brooklyn) OPEN
Dag Hammarsjkold Greenmarket (Manhattan)  CLOSED, food scrap & textile collection cancelled

Thursday, December 25
Bowling Green Greenmarket (Manhattan) CLOSED
Tucker Square Greenmarket (Manhattan) CLOSED
Columbia University Greenmarket (Manhattan) CLOSED, food scrap & textile collection cancelled
Brooklyn Borough Hall Greenmarket (Brooklyn) CLOSED, food scrap & textile collection cancelled

Friday, December 26
97th Street Greenmarket (Manhattan) CLOSED, food scrap & textile collection cancelled
Staten Island Ferry Whitehall Greenmarket (Manhattan) CLOSED
Union Square Greenmarket(Manhattan) OPEN

Saturday, December 27
Brooklyn Borough  Hall Greenmarket (Brooklyn) OPEN
Fort Greene Greenmarket (Brooklyn) OPEN
Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket (Brooklyn) OPEN
Greenpoint / McCarren Park Greenmarket (Brooklyn) OPEN
82nd Street / Saint Stephen's Church Greenmarket (Manhattan) OPEN
Abingdon Square Greenmarket (Manhattan) OPEN
Inwood Greenmarket (Manhattan) OPEN
Tribeca Greenmarket (Manhattan) OPEN
Tucker Square Greenmarket (Manhattan) OPEN
Union Square Greenmarket (Manhattan) OPEN
Sunnyside Gardens Greenmarket (Queens) OPEN
Saint George Greenmarket (Staten Island) OPEN

Sunday, December 28
Carroll Gardens Greenmarket (Brooklyn) OPEN
Cortelyou Rd / Midwood Greenmarket (Brooklyn) OPEN
79th Street Greenmarket (Manhattan) OPEN
Columbia University Greenmarket (Manhattan) OPEN
Tompkins Greenmarket (Manhattan) OPEN
Forest Hills Greenmarket (Queens) OPEN
Jackson Heights Greenmarket (Queens) OPEN

Monday, December 29
Union Square Greenmarket (Manhattan) OPEN

Tuesday, December 30 
Brooklyn Borough  Hall Greenmarket (Brooklyn) OPEN
Albany Street Greenmarket (Manhattan) OPEN
Bowling Green Greenmarket (Manhattan) OPEN
Staten Island Ferry Whitehall Greenmarket (Manhattan) OPEN

Wednesday, December 31
Union Square Greenmarket  (Manhattan)  OPEN
Dag Hammarsjkold Greenmarket(Manhattan) OPEN
Bartel-Pritchard Greenmarket (Brooklyn) OPEN

Thursday, January 1
Bowling Green Greenmarket (Manhattan) CLOSED
Tucker Square Greenmarket (Manhattan) CLOSED
Columbia University Greenmarket (Manhattan) CLOSED, food scrap & textile collection cancelled
Brooklyn Borough Hall Greenmarket (Brooklyn) CLOSED, food scrap & textile collection cancelled

Friday, January 2
97th Street Greenmarket (Manhattan) OPEN
Staten Island Ferry Whitehall Greenmarket (Manhattan) OPEN
Union Square Greenmarket (Manhattan) OPEN

GrowNYC thanks Governor Cuomo for his continued support of farmers and healthy food for all New Yorkers

Governor Cuomo announced a slate of initiatives at the "Upstate-Downstate Farm to Table Agriculture Summit" in Manhattan last Thursday, all focused on linking upstate producers with New York City in order to increase city dwellers’ access to fresh, New York State grown and produced foods. GrowNYC has played an integral role in increasing New York City’s consumption of New York State farm products while putting more money directly into the pockets of small and midsized farmers, and we look forward to working alongside the State to continue growing these initiatives.

“Currently, low-income communities throughout New York City and the state lack access to fresh, healthy foods and small to midsized farmers cannot fairly compete with industrial sized farms from the west coast and beyond,” says GrowNYC Executive Director, Marcel Van Ooyen. “We are extremely thankful to Governor Cuomo and the State for recognizing the importance of continuing our state’s rich agricultural tradition and for investing in the financial health of our family farmers as well as the physical health of New Yorkers of all income levels.”

“We are thrilled to hear Governor Cuomo is prioritizing so many programs that we see as integral to linking upstate and downstate economies and providing access to healthy food for all New Yorkers,” says GrowNYC Board Chairman, Robert J. Kafin, Esq. “New York State boasts some of the best farmers and food producers in the world and there is no better marketplace than that of the 8.5 million residents of New York City to help ensure they are able to continue their work and inspire the next generation of farmers, bakers, jam makers and beyond .”

For over 40 years, GrowNYC has worked hard to get New York State grown products to those who need them most, but there is still more to be done. We are grateful to the Governor for pledging financial support to help expand food box programs like GrowNYC’s own Fresh Food Box, which brings fresh produce at an affordable price directly to those who need it most. Additionally, we are grateful for his support to establish a Regional Food Wholesale Farmers Market along with a Regional Food Hub Task Force which will increase upstate farmers’ ability to access the vast New York City market while also increasing city dwellers access to fresh, local foods. With the generous support of the Governor and the State of New York, we look forward to continuing GrowNYC's efforts to ensure New York State makes farming and farmers an anchor of our economic and environmental sustainability.  

Have a More Sustainable Holiday

You've made a gift list and planned the menu, now here's your holiday recycling checklist:

  • Wrapping paper, gift boxes, cardboard and other paper packaging can go out with other paper recycling (remove tape, ribbons and other decorations). 
     
  • Eggnog cartons, wine bottles, olive containers, cookie tins and hard-to-open rigid plastic packaging are easy to recycle alongside the rest of your metal, glass, plastic and cartons
     
  • Block Styrofoam and foam peanut packaging are not recyclable, but alternative paper packaging can be included in your recycling pile.  Styrofoam peanuts can be reused, and cornstarch peanuts can be composted. 
     
  • For those so inclined, even corks can be recycled-bring to any Whole Foods and find other drop-sites here

Visit our Holiday Tips page for post-holiday tree collections, electronics recycling events and community swap events. 

Need more recycling help?  Use this search tool from the NYC Department of Sanitation. 

Governors Island Teaching Garden: A Year in Review

During our inaugural season, GrowNYC's Governors Island Teaching Garden, a dedicated multi-use learning and demonstration garden space within Governors Island Urban Farm, hosted 16 weeks of garden-based educational programming and skill-building workshops for 4500 school children, school and community gardeners, summer camps, and members of the public.

During the Fall 2014 school semester, the Teaching Garden provided 500 NYC public school students (K-12) the opportunity to dig in and connect to nature through urban agriculture, environmental education, and nutritional learning, by growing, harvesting, cooking, and eating farm-fresh produce. Students engaged in in-depth discussions of plant care, ecosystems, food justice, and healthy living.

Students also had the opportunity to make a healthy snack or beverage on the bicycle blender! Along with a range of public schools from all five boroughs, we had the honor of providing programming to some very special groups such as Lighthouse Guild, Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), and Rush Philanthropic. We also had the privilege of having GrowNYC’s own Mike Zamm come out one day to work with High School students making solar ovens.

In addition to hosting visiting school age students, the Teaching Garden was also open to the public during summer weekends. During these weekend open hours, 3,600 public visitors were able to take a self-guided tour of the space, drop-in on scheduled structured gardening activities, or taste produce from the garden during cooking demos. These activities included garden maintenance, (weeding, mulching, planting), harvesting, tours, and other hands-on arts activities.

On selected weekends during the summer, the Teaching Garden also hosted specific workshops and activities, include ones on animal care, making herbal teas, building trellising for peas, and vertical pallet garden construction. Weekend visitors were also able to see demonstrations of many of the garden and greening infrastructure elements that GrowNYC has built in the past three decades throughout the city. These included raised plastic lumber frame beds for edibles, ornamentals, and themed gardens; windrows for urban agricultural production; a shade structure; a rainwater harvesting system; a garden shed; mulched paths; easy to construct benches; fruit trees; season extending high- and low-tunnels; cold-frames; composting bins; recycling bins; a rain garden; stoop railing planters; and examples of enhanced tree pits for homes, gardens, and communities.

In total, the Teaching Garden produced a bounty of fruits, vegetables, and herbs -- much of it grown by children – totaling over 800 pounds. Most of this produce was harvested, cooked, and consumed by visiting school groups as part of Teaching Garden’s educational programming. Leftover produce was donated to city food pantries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deck the Halls - Christmas Trees + Holiday Wreaths at Greenmarkets

Get your locally grown Christmas trees, wreaths, and boughs from a local farmer. A list of markets where you can stock up on holiday greens follows:

Durr Wholesale: Wreaths (Union Square, Saturday) 
Fiori Di Fenice: Wreaths (Union Square, Saturday) 
Floral Beauty Greenhouse: Douglas fir trees (57th St, Wednesdays, Saturdays; Columbia, Sunday; Jackson Heights Sunday - plants only)
Keith's Farm: Organic trees and wreaths (Union Square Wednesday, Saturday)
Lebak Farms: Wreaths (Grand Army Plaza, Saturday)
Mountain Sweet Berry Farm: Wreaths and princess pines (Union Square, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday)
Rexcroft Farm: Trees, wreaths, garlands (Dag Hammarskjold, Wednesday; Fort Greene, Saturday) 
River Garden: Dried flower wreaths (Union Square, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday)
Stokes Farm: Herb wreaths (Tucker, Thursday, Saturday; Union Square, Saturday)
Trumansburg Tree Farms: Trees and wreaths (Union Square, Wednesday, Friday (12/19 only) and Saturday; Grand Army Plaza, Saturday)
Van Houten Farms: Trees and wreaths (Union Square, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday)

 

#GivingTuesday is almost here!

#GivingTuesday is back and we're proud to be a part of it for the second year in a row.

Coming after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday acknowledges that we don't just take, take, take. We give back too! This year, on Tuesday, December 2nd, be a part of this growing global movement by taking action in a way that is meaningful to you. #GivingTuesday is about doing what you can to give back. It's about showing that all of us can do so much more with our wallets than just consume.

This year we have an extra special treat: the first $5,000 that we raise on #GivingTuesday will be matched dollar-for-dollar!

The #GivingTuesday campaign is a platform for you to contribute to your community and to help make this the biggest giving season yet. Your donation to GrowNYC helps give schools the tools they need to get learning outside, brings NYC's youngest to experience the outdoors through field trips to different urban farms, offers community leaders the tools they need to keep growing, helps New Yorkers recycle smarter, and supports new farmers and Greenmarket producers.

All of us here at GrowNYC know that you care about making a difference, and that's why we invite you to join #GivingTuesday. Donate, spread the word, volunteer for groups you care about (we hope that includes GrowNYC!) and encourage your friends to to give in lieu of gifts or just because.

Mark your calendar for December 2 and take action in ways that mean something to you.

Together, #letsgrownyc!
To learn more go to www.givingtuesday.org
Be sure to follow us on twitter @GrowNYC and use #letsgrownyc. We'll be sure to retweet you!

Here are some sample tweets to get you started on spreading the word:

  • Be a part of a new worldwide tradition of giving. On #GivingTuesday, #letsgrownyc.
  • Black Friday. Cyber Monday. What about #GivingTuesday? Together, #letsgrownyc!
  • Remember, it's not how you give or what you give, it's THAT you give. For the second year, #letsgrownyc on #GivingTuesday! 

Happy Giving!

Greenmarket Schedule Thanksgiving Week

It's almost our favorite food holiday, THANKSGIVING, and the markets are abundant with all of the ingredients you need for a delicious meal. We will have some schedule changes to accomodate shopping schedules, see below.  

*Market days with an asterisk mean it's a special market, rescheduled to Tuesday or Wednesday, normally held on a Thursday or Friday, so that customers have an opportunity to shop for Thanksgiving ingredients. Textile & food scrap collections closed at rescheduled markets. 

Wednesday 11/26:  Please shop early; markets may close early due to the inclement weather.
97th Street open *Wednesday 8am-2pm. Compost & textile collection cancelled.
57th Street open 8am-5pm.
Astoria open 8am-3pm. Last day for the season.
Bowling Green Greenmarket: open *Wednesday 8am-5pm. 
Bartel Pritchard Square - Closed due to inclement weather.
Bowling Green open *Wednesday 8am-5pm. Compost & textile collection cancelled.
City Hall Park Open *Wednesday 8am-4pm.
Dag Hammarskjold Plaza open 8am-4pm, compost & textile collection 8am-3pm. 
Grand Army Plaza Open *Wednesday 8am-4pm. Compost & textile collection cancelled.
Mount Sinai open 8am-5pm, compost & textile collection 8am-2pm. Last day for the season.
NY Botanical Garden open 9am-3pm. Last day for the season.
Tribeca open 8am-3pm, compost & textile collection 8am-1pm. 
Tucker Square: Open *Wednesday 8am-5pm.  
Union Square Wednesday open 8am-6pm, food scrap collection 8am-5pm.

Thursday 11/27 & Friday 11/28:
All Greenmarkets closed. No textile or food scrap collection.

Saturday 11/29 & Sunday 11/30
Regular schedule.

The Greenmarket Experience at the Hyatt Union Square

GrowNYC recently released The New Greenmarket Cookbook by Gabrielle Langholtz, a collection of one hundred seasonal recipes from today’s top chefs and culinary minds. In light of this exciting occasion, Hyatt Union Square New York is celebrating its neighbor with The Greenmarket Experience. Guests who book this experience package will receive a robust sampling of, and introduction to, what this beloved green oasis in the heart of Manhattan has to offer.

Guests will receive:

  • A Greenmarket Wheat Beer from Brooklyn Brewery, which is grown from 70% New York State-grown wheat and barley
  • A $20 shopping credit to use at the Greenmarket throughout their stay,
  • A Hyatt Union Square New York canvas bag to tote their loot, and
  • A guide featuring interesting background on GrowNYC and its vendors.
  • The New Greenmarket Cookbook.

This package has been carefully curated to demonstrate the hotel's alignment with the GrowNYC initiatives, which include supporting family farms, farmers, markets, gardens, recycling, and education.

Thanksgiving Gifts for Hosts

Going to a friend or relative’s house for Thanksgiving and need to take a gift? Did you agree to bring a dish and then realized you don’t have enough time to cook? Look no further than your neighborhood Greenmarket for all your Thanksgiving gifts for hosts! Here are a few ideas:

A bouquet of flowers, dried and fresh.  Showing up with an arm full of flowers is never unwelcome. And, if they’re dried, it’s a gift that will last for months.

A jar of delicious, flavored whipped honey. Orange blossom and apple cinnamon are two of our favorites and whipped honey is a perfect consistency for those Thanksgiving rolls.

Soap and lip balm from Nature’s Way Farm. Made from honey, there are so many incredible scents and flavors to choose from. Heading into winter, these gifts are especially useful to protect your host’s skin and lips. Plus, Nature’s Way makes kids’ soaps that are just adorable (hint: they have toys in them).

Tweefontein Herb Farm has amazing salves, herbal rubs, fire cider, lotions, and many more items that are perfect for that host that loves unique gifts.

Jams, preserves, pickles and jellies from Berkshire Berries, Josephine’s Feast, Rick's Picks, and Beth’s Farm Kitchen. Each producer sells very original spreads and preserves that are sure to please everyone. Plus, they travel well.

Maple syrup. Or maple cream. Or maple candy. Or maple cotton candy. Or maple popcorn. If it’s maple, chances are we have a producer that sells it at your neighborhood Greenmarket. Plus, who doesn't want some pancakes on Friday morning after Thanksgiving? 

Booze. Greenmarket has a number of wine and hard cider producers, as well as Brooklyn Brewery's Greenmarket Wheat beer (available at the Union Square Greenmarket Saturdays) and Orange County Distillery's corn whiskey, sugar beet vodka and bourbon whiskey. The cook always needs a drink. 

Don’t have time to bake a dessert? Pick one up at one of our many bakeries who will all be selling Thanksgiving-themed pies.  Food restrictions? Many of our bakers have vegan and gluten-free desserts.

Are you going to a non-traditional Thanksgiving? Or need a non-traditional gift? Then take along The Bronx Greenmarket Hot Sauce, The New Greenmarket Cookbook (perhaps to serve as some inspiration for your host for next year’s menu), or a snazzy GrowNYC apron. The cookbook is available at a number of Greenmarkets around the city, and the apron and hot sauce (along with the cookbook) are available at Union Square Wednesdays and Saturdays.

We hope you’ve found some inspiration from this list. We’d love to see what you’ve picked up from market, too. Just take a picture and Instagram it. Make sure to use #GMKTthanksgiving!

Have an incredible Thanksgiving. We know your hosts will love anything you bring them, especially if it’s from Greenmarket. 

Donate A Bag this Thanksgiving at Select Greenmarkets

Greenmarket is partnering with City Harvest and other local food rescue organizations to help feed New York City's hungry men, women, and children this Thanksgiving.  

At the markets listed below, buy an extra bag of fresh produce while you shop and donate it at the Market Information tent. 

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! 

Saturday, November 22nd 
Union Square Greenmarket 
Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket

Sunday, November 23rd
79th Street Greenmarket 

 

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