Greenmarket Winter Weather Schedule Changes

Inclement weather in the city or in the greater region does effect markets;  markets may close early, or snow-bound farmers may not be able to make it into the city.   

Tuesday, January 27th:
All Tuesday Greenmarkets will be CLOSED and there will be no compost or textile collections.
MANHATTAN
Staten Island Ferry Greenmarket: CLOSED
Bowling Green Greenmaret: CLOSED, no compost collections
BROOKLYN
Brooklyn Borough Hall Greenmarket: CLOSED, no compost collections 

Wednesday, January 28th:
MANHATTAN
Dag Hammarskjold Greenmarket: Market OPEN; Compost and textile collections OPEN
Union Square Greenmarket: Market OPEN - list of who's in and who's out posted early every market day, Compost collections OPEN
BROOKLYN
Bartel-Pritchard Greenmarket: CLOSED

Check back here for market updates as they become available. 

Clothing Recycling Gets Legs in Chinatown Co-op

The weekend before Thanksgiving, residents in one Chinatown complex took time to “unstuff”—closets and drawers, that is—bringing 2,500 pounds of unwanted clothing to a special collection in their building. 

In 2012 GrowNYC hosted an Earth Day textile collection as part of a larger community event in Chinatown, attracting residents from the nearby Confucius Plaza Apartments, who asked for more convenient opportunities to recycle unwanted clothing, shoes, linens and other textiles.  With the help of our Manhattan Recycling Outreach Coordinator, the co-op held the first of what is now a bi-annual collection at the 762-unit apartment complex.  GrowNYC advised management on the logistics of setting up a collection, connected them Wearable Collections (who also collects materials from Greenmarkets) and provided outreach and education assistance, from promoting the collection to educating residents about recycling with the help of bilingual volunteers.  In the past two years the building has hosted six events and collected over 6.5 tons of material that will be reused or recycled into new products. Plans are underway to establish more frequent collections as resident demand for this service shows no sign of slowing, and building staff appreciate the lighter loads they must manage when taking out the trash. 

Want to recycle textiles in your apartment building?  Check out refashioNYC to see if you are eligible for a free collection bin, contact Wearable Collections about in-building programs or find a Greenmarket drop-off site near you.   

GrowNYC's garden program profiled on BBC Radio

GrowNYC's Marcel Van Ooyen, Lenny Librizzi, and Shawn Brody were interviewed by BBC Radio's Food Programme. As part of a larger audio piece, GrowNYC contributed comments on the role that a urban agriculture and community gardens play in promoting healthy eating in NYC.  

Listen to the piece on BBC Radio.

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. 

Monday, December 29
Union Square Greenmarket (Manhattan) OPEN

Tuesday, December 30 
Brooklyn Borough  Hall Greenmarket (Brooklyn) 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) CLOSED, food scrap & textile collection cancelled
Bartel-Pritchard Greenmarket (Brooklyn) CLOSED

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.

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