What is Greenmarket?
Will a Greenmarket open in my neighborhood?
Are all Greenmarkets the same size?
Why do different stands sometimes have the same product but of different quality or price?
Do Greenmarket farmers use organic methods?
How fresh is the food sold at Greenmarket?
Why can't I buy oranges at Greenmarket, or peaches in winter?
Can I buy raw milk at Greenmarket?
What happens to unsold food?
Can I visit the farms?
Can I buy a gift card or certificate?
What is an EBT card? What is an FMNP coupon?
How is Greenmarket funded?
How do I get involved?
Will Greenmarket come to an event that I am planning?
Can I sell at Greenmarket?
Greenmarket operates farmers markets in NYC. Over 200 local farmers, fishers and bakers sell what they grow, raise, catch and bake themselves. Middlemen or brokers are not allowed. Since 1976 we`ve worked to conserve farmland and ensure a continuing supply of fresh, local produce to New Yorkers.
Greenmarket is a program of the GrowNYC, a privately funded nonprofit organization.
We are always looking for new locations in New York City with heavy foot traffic, room for trucks, and community support. Learn more.
Greenmarket manages weekly markets in over 50 city locations. Union Square and Grand Army Plaza boast dozens of farmers each. At other locations, the markets range in size from two to fifteen stands.
Each farm at Greenmarket sets their own growing methods, quality standards and prices. Shop around to meet your needs. Whether you areon a budget or looking for a treat, Greenmarket has something for you.
Some do. All are personally invested in the health of the water, soil, and air on the farms where they live and raise their families.Ask the farmerabout their methods.Many customers seek out farmers markets for just that reason to meet the farmer and ask how they raised each crop.
Ask the farmer. Many crops were harvested less than 24 hours before market. Some foods keep longer, such as onions, apples, potatoes and cheese. Because Greenmarket farmers grow these foods themselves and bring them from their local farms that morning, their products travel a very short time and distance from the farm to you.
All Greenmarket participants are required to follow safety standards prescribed by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. Farms, facilities, and markets are inspected to insure compliance.
Greenmarket farmers drive in from upstate New York and other neighboring states. Tropical crops like citrus and coffee don't grow in this region. Greenmarket farmers' homegrown crops showcase seasonal bounty such as asparagus and rhubarb in spring, peaches and corn in summer, pumpkins and pears in fall. Dairy, meats, honey, wool and more are available year-round. See what's available.
No. Raw milk is not legal for sale in farmers markets in New York State. A dairy farm can get a license to sell raw milk on the farm, but they may not transport it off the farm; customers must travel to the farm to purchase raw milk.
Unsold produce feeds the hungry. In 2006 Greenmarket farmers and bakers donated over 224,000 pounds of food to City Harvest, soup kitchens and food pantries.
Some farms, especially orchards, welcome visitors for pick-your-own. Ask at the stand or see our listof pick-your-own farms.
While Greenmarket does not have a gift certificate available for purchase, customers may purchase debit/credit tokens at most Greenmarkets and gives these tokens to friends/family as gifts. The tokens are accepted by most Greenmarket farmers and can be used to purchase any item in Greenmarket. For a list of locations where you can purchase debit/credit tokens check out the individual market pages found here http://www.grownyc.org/ourmarkets
EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) is used in New York City and New York State to administer Food Stamps and other benefits. This "Food Card" is similar to a debit card, and allows the user to access his/her food stamp account. Customers with food stamps can now swipe their card for tokens, which they then use to shop for produce, meat, dairy, baked goods and other foods at many Greenmarket locations.
FMNP provides coupons to Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC) recipients and to Seniors in the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) for the purchase of locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables at farmers markets from July to mid-November. FMNP checks enable WIC participants and CSFP Seniors to obtain this nutritious fresh produce in addition to the foods WIC and CSFP provides. Inquire about eligibility for FMNP at your local WIC or Senior Center. If you need assistance finding a center near you please call 311.
Farmers pay a fee to sell at Greenmarket. Grants and contributions are gratefully received from individual, foundations and corporations.
We are always looking for volunteers to do everything from data entry to cooking demonstrations. See our volunteer page for more information and to fill out a volunteer application.
Please useour special event tabling request.
We have detailed requirements for eligibility of producers and for each category of product that may be sold in our markets, so as to ensure the support our mission: to support regional farmers and preserve the region's farmland for the future.
If you a local farmer interested in selling the product you grow or raise, please fill out this Farmer Questionnaire to request an application. (You must have the free Acrobat Reader 8 or higher installed to fill out the questionnaire.)
If you are not a farmer, we accept non-farmer producers for very limited categories of products, these are exclusively seafood, preserves (jams, jellies, pickles, chutneys) and baked goods. Local fishers may sell seafood they harvest from mid-Atlantic waters using their own commercial fishing boats. Local preserve makers may sell preserves they make from locally grown produce. Local bakers, that do not have retail outlets in New York City, may sell baked goods they make using locally grown ingredients (flour, produce, dairy, meat, eggs, sweeteners, etc).
If you are not a farmer, but a producer whose product fits these very limited categories,please fill out this Non-Farmer Questionnaire to request an application. (You must have the free Acrobat Reader 8 or higher installed to fill out the questionnaire.)
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