Greenmarket's commitment to sustainability spans from conserving the Northeast region's diverse farmland and fisheries to providing New York City residents with convenient locations to drop off their food scraps for composting and recycle unwanted textiles. See below for details about each of these exciting initiatives and information about how to participate.
New Yorkers can now drop off fruit and vegetable scraps for composting at 11 Greenmarkets in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. Find more information about why you should compost, what to compost, and how to compost at home.
By accepting EBT/food stamp payments at Greenmarkets, GrowNYC aims to provide all shoppers with access to healthy local food. We also accept Federal Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP), WIC Vegetable & Fruit Checks, and the NYC Dept. of Health & Mental Hygiene’s Health Buck Program.
Each week, farmers from 35 Greenmarkets throughout NYC donate their fresh fruits and vegetables to either City Harvest or directly to local food pantries, homeless facilities, soup kitchens, drug rehabilitation centers, transitional living residences, and senior centers.
What began as a simple effort to encourage Greenmarket bakers to use regional grain has grown in to a full blown project to help invigorate grain production in the Northeast, which has placed Greenmarket at the center of a regional grain revival.
Greenmarket fishermen, who hail from the mid-Atlantic region of Long Island, attend markets year-round with a wide variety of fresh local seafood and shell fish. As much as 85% of the fish consumed in the US is imported; find out more about localizing your seafood purchasing.
Thousands of New Yorkers have already recycled more than 1.2 million pounds of unwanted clothing, linens, paired shoes, bags and more through GrowNYC's textile recycling initiative. New Yorkers are currently able to drop off textiles at nine Greenmarket locations.
YUM Fresh Food for Northern Manhattan is a group buying program aimed at increasing access to affordable, quality produce in the Washington Heights community. A partnership between GrowNYC and Isabella Geriatric Center, YUM also seeks to create opportunities for senior citizens to actively address issues of food access.