How to Save a Farm in the Hudson Valley

November 7, 2018
Posted in Greenmarket

Part of Greenmarket’s two-fold mission is to promote regional farmers and keep them on their land...farming.

Ask anyone in GrowNYC’s FARMroots program, and they’ll tell you that it’s not easy, particularly with increasing pressure on farm families to sell their lands for development. But they will also tell you that it is always worth it.

A recent article in the New Food Economy tells the story of how long-established Greenmarket farmer Morse Pitts, working with FARMroots, Equity Trust, Scenic Hudson, and the Orange County Land Trust, preserved a 72-acre farm from being paved over, blocking a proposed industrial development and placing the land under perpetual conservation easement.

A must-read – check it out!

Greenmarket Thanksgiving Week Schedule

November 2, 2018
Posted in Greenmarket | Tagged thanksgiving

It's almost our favorite food holiday, THANKSGIVING, and the markets are abundant with all of the ingredients you need for a delicious meal. Check our Global Thanksgiving Recipe Packet to start planning your meal.

We will have some schedule changes to accommodate shopping schedules, see below.

And don't forget to pre-order your Greenmarket turkey

*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. Compost and textile collections are the same for regular and rescheduled markets, unless otherwise noted. 

Monday, 11/19: 
Union Square, MHTN open 8am-6pm (food scrap collections, 8am-5pm; clothing collection, 8am-4pm)

Tuesday, 11/20: 
Bowling Green, MHTN open 8am-5pm (food scrap collection, 8am-2pm)
Brooklyn Borough Hall, BK open 8am-5pm 
Bronx Borough Hall, BX open 8am-4pm Last day for the season will be the next Tuesday, 11/27 (food scrap collection, 8am-2pm; clothing collection, 8am-2pm)
City Hall, MHTN open 8am-4pm 
*Columbia, MHTN open 8am-5pm (food scrap collection, 8am-3pm; clothing collection, 8am-3pm)
Elmhurst Hospital, QNS open 8am-4pm Last day for the season will be the next Tuesday, 11/27 
Ft. Washington, MHTN open 8am-4pm Last day for the season (food scrap collection, 8am-3pm; clothing collection, 8am-3pm)
Greenmarket at Oculus Plaza, MHTN open 7am-7pm Last day for the season 
Lincoln Hospital, BX open 8am-3pm Last day for the season
Poe Park, BX open 8am-3pm Last day for the season will be the next Tuesday, 11/27 (food scrap collection, 8am-1:30pm; clothing collection, 8am-1:30pm)
Staten Island Ferry Terminal, MHTN open 8am-7pm 
*Union Square, MHTN open (with Union Square Friday producers) 8am-6pm (food scrap collections, 8am-5pm)

Wednesday 11/21:  
*97th Street, MHTN open 8am-2pm (food scrap collection, 8am-2pm; clothing collection, 8am-2pm) 
57th Street, MHTN open Last day for the season 8am-5pm (food scrap collection, 8am-2pm; clothing collection, 8am-2pm) 
Bartel-Pritchard, BK open 8am-3pm 
*Bowling Green, MHTN open 8am-5pm 
*City Hall Park, MHTN open 8am-4pm
Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, MHTN open 8am-4pm (food scrap collection, 8am-3pm; clothing collection, 8am-3pm)
Flushing, QNS open 8am-3pm Last day for the season (food scrap collection, 8am-1pm) 
Learn It, Grow It, Eat It Youthmarket, BX open 10am-3pm Last day for the season (food scrap collection, 10am-3pm)
Mount Sinai, MHTN open 8am-5pm Last day for the season 
PS 57 Youthmarket, MHTN open 9am-4pm Last day for the season
Tribeca, MHTN open 8am-3pm (food scrap collection, 8am-1pm; clothing collection, 8am-1pm)
*Tucker Square, MHTN open 8am-5pm (food scrap collection, 8am-3:30pm) 
Union Square Wednesday, MHTN open 8am-6pm (food scrap collection, 8am-5pm) 
*Water Street, MHTN open 8am-6pm 
Woodhull Youthmarket, BX open 9am-3pm Last day for the season
All 9 Manhattan Compost On-The-Go sites closed

Thursday 11/22 & Friday 11/23:
All Greenmarkets closed. No clothing or food scrap collections.

Saturday 11/24 & Sunday 11/25
Regular schedule

 

Greenmarket 2018 Thanksgiving Turkey Guide

November 1, 2018
Posted in Greenmarket | Tagged thanksgiving, Turkeys

Thanksgiving is just around the corner—November 22nd, to be exact—and turkey orders are already filling fast! Find out below what local farms are bringing pasture-raised Thanksgiving turkeys to your neighborhood Greenmarket.

You can also find the freshest side dish ingredients such as Brussels sprouts, carrots, fennel, winter squash, potatoes, apples, pears, herbs, honey, maple syrup, pre-made pies, butter, and cream. In addition to those items, don't forget craft beverages -- we have beer, spirits, and hard cider made from 100% locally-grown ingredients, as well as pickles and condiments for your leftover turkey sandwiches, and much more. 

Dipaola Turkey

Breed: Broad Breasted White (parts and sausage also available)
Where to order: Online at www.dipaolaturkeyfarm.com/special-orders/
Where to pick up: 

79th Street Sunday, 11/18
97th Street Friday, 11/21 
Abingdon Square Saturday, 11/17
Brooklyn Borough Hall Saturday, 11/17
Carroll Gardens Sunday, 11/18
Columbia Sunday, 11/18
Cortelyou Sunday, 11/18
Forest Hills, 11/18
Fort Greene Saturday, 11/17
Grand Army Plaza Saturday, 11/17 

Greenpoint Saturday, 11/17
Inwood Saturday, 11/17
Jackson Heights Sunday, 11/18
Stuyvesant Town Sunday, 11/18
Tribeca Saturday, 11/17
Union Square Wednesday, 11/21

 

† Market open Wednesday before Thanksgiving for pick-ups.

Quattros Game Farm

Breeds: New Holland White, Bourbon Red, Wild 
Where and how to order: Union Square Greenmarket Saturdays, or call the farm store at 845.635.2018
Where and when to pick up: Union Square Greenmarket on Saturday, 11/18 or Wednesday, 11/22
facebook.com/QuattrosFarm/

Tamarack Hollow Farm

Breeds: Broad Breasted Bronze, Bourbon Red (Heritage Breed)
Where and how to order: Union Square Greenmarket Wednesdays and on their website tamarackhollowfarm.com/thanksgiving-turkey 
Where and when to pick up: Union Square Greenmarket on Wednesday, 11/21
tamarackhollowfarm.com

Feisty Acres Farm

Breeds: Black Spanish, Royal Palm (both Heritage Breeds)
Where and how to order: Union Square Greenmarket Wednesdays and Grand Army Plaza Saturdays
Where and when to pick up: Union Square Greenmarket on Wednesday, 11/21 or Grand Army Plaza, 11/17
feistyacres.com

Ramble Creek Farm 

Breeds: Broad Breasted White 
Where and how to order: Union Square Greenmarket Fridays; or Call Josh to order at 518-769-0897 or order online at www.ramblecreekfarm.com  
Where and when to pick up: Union Square Greenmarket on Tuesday, 11/20 
ramblecreekfarm.com

Violet Hill Farm

Breed: Broad Breasted White 
Where and how to order: Union Square Greenmarket SaturdaysMcCarren Park/Greenpoint Saturdays or order online at www.violethillfarm.com/turkey-2018
Where and when to pick up: Union Square Greenmarket or McCarren Park/Greenpoint Greenmarket on Saturday, 11/17 or Union Square Greenmarket Wednesday, 11/21
violethillfarm.com

Donate A Bag this Thanksgiving

October 29, 2018
Posted in Greenmarket



Greenmarket is partnering with City Harvest, Food Bank of New York City, 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! 


Tuesday, October 30th
Greenmarket at Oculus Plaza 

Wednesday, November 14th

Union Square Greenmarket
Dag Hammarskold Greenmarket

Friday, November 16th 
Union Square Greenmarket

Saturday, November 17th
Ft. Greene Greenmarket
Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket

Sunday, November 18th
79th Street Greenmarket 

 

Severe Weather Schedule Changes

October 26, 2018
Posted in Greenmarket

Inclement weather in the city or in the greater region does affect markets; markets may close early, or farmers may not be able to make it into the city. If there are changes to the market schedule due to inclement weather, this blog post will be information central for up-to-the-minute schedule changes. 

There are no inclement weather-related market changes at this time.
 

Follow us on social media or the app for real-time updates:

Union Square Greenmarket: 
Daily List of Producers in Attendance // Union Square Greenmarket App

Manhattan Greenmarkets:
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Queens Greenmarkets
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Brooklyn Greenmarkets
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Staten Island Greenmarkets
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Concord Crush Happy Hour 10/26 at Project Farmhouse

October 26, 2018
Posted in Greenmarket

Join us for our Concord Crush Happy Hour on October 26th at Project Farmhouse!

For everyone out there who loved drinking grape juice as a kid, this one's for you. GrowNYC, along with NYC chefs and mixologists, gather to celebrate one of the most iconic and delicious Autumn ingredients—Concord grapes. Join us for entertainment and Concord-themed tastes and libations. 

Concord Crush Happy Hour
Friday, October 26th, 6pm-8pm 
GrowNYC's Project Farmhouse, 76 East 13th Street, NY, NY 
Tickets here, $25

GrowNYC Greenmarket & Youthmarket Photo Contest

October 20, 2018
Posted in Greenmarket

Greenmarket 2018 Photo Contest

Farmers Markets are very photogenic.

To properly celebrate National Farmers Market Week this year, we invited photographers (professional, amateur, or student) to visit markets, snap some photos, and send us the images that best celebrate GrowNYC Greenmarkets and Youthmarkets. 

Our team of judges chose the top 25 entries for a roving photography show at various markets throughout the city during the month of October, and one grand prize-winning photograph won dinner for two at Loring Place

Rye Day 10/19 at the Union Square Greenmarket

October 19, 2018
Posted in Greenmarket

GrowNYC is proud to participate in the second annual Rye Week, a celebration of rye as an agricultural product in New York State, which will take place from October 15 – 21.

October 19th will be Rye Day at the Union Square Greenmarket. Johanna Kindvall, author of Smorgasbord: The Art of Swedish Breads and Savory Treats, will be at market signing books and demonstrating how to prepare flat breads with rye flour. Also in attendance will be Strong Rope Brewery, Breuckelen Distilling, Hillrock Estate Distillery, and the Greenmarket Grainstand

The Union Square Greenmarket will also host a number of Empire Rye producers on October 17 and October 20. Three years ago, six prominent New York State distilleries came up with the concept for Empire Rye, a whiskey style for the Empire State. Similar to the way Kentucky has a style of bourbon with strict standards, each Empire Rye distiller must adhere to the same specifications in producing their rye. 

“Not only does New York State’s craft beverage program create jobs, boost local economies, and financially benefit local grain farmers,” says GrowNYC President and CEO Marcel Van Ooyen, “it’s also great for the environment. Small grains are good for the soil when used in rotation with other crops. As the demand for grains like rye increases, so does the health of the soil on New York farms.”

Handy Tips for a Sustainable Holiday

October 14, 2018
Posted in Recycling

 

Green Your Holidays

Making a list of how to green your holidays? Here are some of our favorite tips and events to cure the post-holiday blues.

Pre-cycle

Whether you're hosting a gathering or just giving and receiving, clearing out excess can make for a more sustainable holiday season.  Find new homes for unwanted items through clothing collections, coat drives, Stop 'N' Swap® events, holiday toy drives, or DonateNYC reuse partners--you'll have more room to celebrate, and an easier time recycling and reusing your post-holiday waste.

Sending cards?

Try e-cards or look for greetings made with recycled content (the more post-consumer content, the better).

Giving gifts?

Show some style when shopping by bringing your own reusable bags. Choose minimally-packaged items made with recycled content and give items that will be treasured, not thrown out before the next holiday season. Consider giving experiences, homemade, and vintage gifts. Find new joy in old favorites that are broken or need refreshing with Fixers Collective. Get hundreds of toy-free gift ideas for a more meaningful holiday here and here. Remember to wrap it recyclable by using old newspaper, paper gift wrap, paper gift bags, or reusable bags and containers that keep on giving all year. 

Preparing a holiday meal?

Look for items in recyclable packaging and buy minimally- or non-packaged fresh produce, like that from Greenmarket. Get meal planning and food storage tips from Save the Food, and read a thorough overview of sustainable Thanksgiving meal planning.    Easily compost vegetable trimmings by using drop-offs at select Greenmarkets and other locations. Serve your masterpiece on reusable plates and offer guests reusable flatware, glassware, and napkins.  Prevent waste by making small changes such as using recyclable aluminum foil rather than plastic wrap for food storage.

Stuck with clean up duties?

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.  If your curbside recycling day falls on Christmas and New Year's Day, here's when to set out recycling, garbage, and organics (if participating).  Foam peanut packaging and plastic foam blocks are not recyclable, but alternative paper packaging can be included in your recycling pile.  Foam peanuts can be reused at select shipping centers and Manhattan Mailroom locations, and cornstarch peanuts can be composted.  For those so inclined, even corks can be recycled—find drop-sites here

Too many leftovers?

Save take-out containers to send guests home with another helping.  Check the shelf life of open and unopened food and get storage tips to make the most of food and create less waste at stilltasty.com.

Post-Holiday Recycling Events to Cure the Winter Blues

Recycle Your Tree.

If you're putting up a real tree for the holidays, plan to chip in at MulchFest*!  Trees (cleaned of stands, lights, tinsel and ornaments) will be collected and recycled into mulch for NYC parks at designated sites. Bring your own bag to select sites in January, and take home mulch for your yard, garden or street tree. Find citywide drop-off sites and mulch pick-up locations here*. If you miss MulchFest, the city will pick up trees (also stripped of ornaments, etc) curbside*, barring any snow disruptions. *2019 information will be posted in December. 

Recycle Unwanted Electronics.

Certain electronics are banned from disposal.  When upgrading or unloading electronics, many recycling options are available at no cost, including curbside pickup for homes in Staten Island, Brooklyn, and Queens WestFind more recycling resources here and check in with the Lower East Side Ecology Center, which runs the Gowanus E-Waste Warehouse in Brooklyn and hosts "After the Holidays" e-waste collections in all five boroughs.

Loosen Your Drawers.

Clear out ill-fitting, outdated and otherwise unwanted clothing, shoes, and linens and bring them to one of GrowNYC's weekly collections for reusable clothing and other textiles.

Swap Your Stuff.

GrowNYC's Stop 'N' Swap® is the ultimate re-gifting party. Bring reusable items to share (portable items only) or simply bring a tote bag or two to take home things you can put to reuse. Unstuff your home at one of 4 swaps in December, or find winter swap dates and locations at GrowNYC.org/swap.

 

From all of us at GrowNYC, thank you for helping green our city by taking our "recycling challenge" at community events, volunteering as an Environmental Ambassador, dropping off clothing and food scraps at our Greenmarkets, attending our Stop 'N' Swaps, and more throughout 2018. We look forward to seeing you out at many of the great recycling events that will kick off a sustainable 2019. Happy Holidays!

For more tips on keeping your holidays green and merry, visit the NYC ZeroWaste page.

Celebrating Our 250th Stop ‘N’ Swap®

September 21, 2018
Posted in Recycling | Tagged swap, Stop 'N' Swap, reduce, reuse, recycle

Stop 'N' Swap 250

At GrowNYC, there’s no stopping when it comes to swapping!  In an effort to reduce NYC’s waste and help more New Yorkers reuse perfectly good items, our zero waste programs funded by DSNY set out to provide an annual swap event for every community district in the five boroughs. 

This year we celebrate our 250th Stop ‘N’ Swap in NYC – all thanks to dedicated staff, our passionate volunteers, and diverse community partners, who make more than 50 swaps a year possible!

At Stop ‘N’ Swap, the public is invited to bring clean, portable, reusable items to share with those who can use them. No one is required to bring something to take something — you can simply show up with a bag and see what’s free for the taking. Clothing, books, housewares, electronics, and toys are just some of the offerings.  Recent memorable treasures include peanut butter and jelly pillowcases, pocket mouse, grass jelly, an amateur radio calendar, and plants potted just for fellow swappers (view photos).

Since 2008, more than 62,000 New Yorkers have attended a Stop ‘N’ Swap co-hosted by more than 135 different community partners and supported by over 1,200 volunteers.  In just 5 years, participants have kept more than half a million pounds of reusable items out of landfills. 

80% of products in the US are used once, then thrown away — find a Stop 'N' Swap near you and start reusing today!

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