GrowNYC Grains Online Auction & Home Bakers Meetup

January 15, 2020
Posted in Greenmarket

Bakers of all experience levels are welcome to swap samples with fellow grain geeks and share secrets on how to get a really crusty crust. Some of New York City's best professional bakerswill also be on hand to talk tips and techniques.

GrowNYC Grains Home Bakers Meet-Up
Monday, February 24
Project Farmhouse, 76 East 13th Street (at 4th Avenue), MHTN
6-9pm
Tickets here

Visit our online silent auction to bid on incredible experiences and products. 

Bring a loaf of your favorite home baked bread or baked goods, made with locally-grown grains and flours, and copies of your recipe and/or starter to trade with others.

Tickets include event entry and one drink.

Purchase grains and flours from the GrowNYC Grainstand at the Union Square Greenmarket on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and other locations listed here.

All proceeds benefit GrowNYC Grains.

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE

GrowNYC Chef Recipe Series

January 5, 2020
Posted in Greenmarket

January 2020 
Chef Laëtitia Rouabah of Benoit

Executive Chef Laëtitia Rouabah brings a wealth of knowledge of traditional French cooking, as well as her love for fresh produce, to a modernized Benoit, Alain Ducasse’s flagship restaurant in the heart of New York City.

Laëtitia inherited her passion for cooking--with an emphasis on highlighting the natural beauty of ingredients--from her mother and grandmother, which inspired her to study culinary arts at the Chamber of Craftsmanship in Versailles.

As Execuative Chef at Benoit, Laëtitia stays true to the spirit of quintessential bistro fare, focusing on using fresh market ingredients and utilizing sophisticated techniques to showcase the best of French classics.

Recipes from Chef Laëtitia Rouabah
Corn Velouté, Crispy Lump Crab
Duck a l'Orange
Onion Soup
Profiteroles
Striped Bass

 

November 2019
Food Creative Mercedes Golip

Mercedes Golip grew up in Caracas and lived for many years in Miami before settling in New York. Her cooking style does not adhere to strict Venezuelan traditions, she creates dishes with classic foundations, reinvented and influenced by other cuisines — a metaphor for her life. As a creative and curious home cook, Mercedes loves spending long hours in the kitchen preserving and even planting her own food, she is also an experienced consultant and creative producer in the marketing world; casual food stylist, recipe tester and developer for media outlets and blogs. Mercedes hosts Venezuelan-inspired pop-up dinners and teach cooking classes to spread out the word about the food she loves. This project is highly driven and inspired by local producers and the amazing vegetables they grow. Currently Mercedes lives in Astoria. When she’s not behind a stove, you can probably find her looking for inspiration at farmers’ or flea markets, or planting herbs and heirloom tomatoes.

Recently, Mercedes developed an eBook, Arepas, A Colorful Story, a step-by-step guide on how to make colorful arepas with vegetable dyes. The eBook focuses on one color, covering other techniques with the hope to inspire readers go beyond. Find out more at Arepas Por Venezuela
IG: @IamBananista

Recipes from Mercedes Golip
Calabaza Soup with Sour Cream and Pomegranate Seeds
Turkey Corn Dumplins Shakshuka Style
Vegan Ceviche
Masa Cornbread
 

 

October 2019
Pastry Chef Sofia Schlieben of PRINT Restaurant 

PRINT Restaurant Executive Pastry Chef Sofia Schlieben is NYC born and raised. She wasted no time and started working from an early age for some of the city’s most decorated chefs. She has worked for Thomas Keller, Michael White and Jean Georges. Sofia became Pastry Chef at Michelin-starred Veritas, and then went on to become Corporate Pastry Chef for John Fraser’s Dovetail, NIX and The Loyal. She now joins PRINT and is incredibly excited to showcase her skills in such a thoughtful and seasonal restaurant.

Recipes from PRINT Restaurant: 
Brown Butter Madeleines
Shakshuka with Quail Eggs
Elephant Heart Mocktail 

 

 

September 2019 
Chef David Stample of In Cucina

We’re happy to kick off our Chef Recipe Series with Chef David Stample, who creates Southern soul food with spicy Caribbean flavor, a flavor palette he picked up from his Caribbean family.

Chef David currently serves as Creative Director and Resident Chef at In Cucina, an event space and cooking studio in the Flatiron district, and he has worked as the Culinary Director of CREaM (Culinary-Related Entertainment and Marketing), won first place in the 2015 Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival, and is a ‘Hunger Hero’ with the nonprofit No Kid Hungry. 

Beginning Friday Sept. 6th, come out to GrowNYC’s Union Square Greenmarket from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. on Mondays and Friday throughout    September to see Chef David in action. 

Recipes from Chef David:
Watermelon Caprese Salad
Curried Cauliflower
Cantaloupe Salsa
Summer Squash & Corn Saute

 


 

 

Severe Weather Schedule Changes

December 18, 2019
Posted in Greenmarket

If there are changes to our operations due to inclement weather, this blog post will be information central for up-to-the-minute schedule changes.

Thursday, December 19th 
All Greenmarkets and the GrowNYC Norwood Farmstand are open. Farmer attendance will be limited, visit us on social media for details. 

Sign up for Food Scrap Drop-Off Alerts

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 Facebook // Instagram
Queens Greenmarkets Facebook // Instagram
Brooklyn Greenmarkets Facebook // Instagram
Staten Island Greenmarkets Facebook // Instagram
Fresh Food Box Facebook 
Farmer and Producer List and Social Media Links

Holiday Greenmarket Schedule

December 12, 2019
Posted in Greenmarket

Happy Holidays! Greenmarket farmers markets, Fresh Food Box locations, and food scrap and clothing collections have some schedule changes the week of Christmas and New Year's, see below.

All Fresh Food Box locations are CLOSED December 23rd - January 4th. 

Food Scrap and Clothing Collections Schedule Changes: 
Food scrap and clothing collections are the SAME for regular and rescheduled markets, UNLESS otherwise noted. ​
View a full list of food scrap collections schedule changes here.
View a full list of clothing collection schedule changes here.

GREENMARKET HOLIDAY SCHEDULE:
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24th - Christmas Eve

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 25th - Christmas Day

  • All Greenmarkets CLOSED
  • All food scrap and clothing collections CLOSED

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 26th

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 27th 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 28th & SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29th 

  • All scheduled Greenmarkets and GrowNYC Farmstands are OPEN 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 30th

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31st 

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 1st - New Year's Day 

  • All Greenmarkets CLOSED
  • All food scrap and clothing collections CLOSED

THURSDAY, JANUARY 2nd

FRIDAY, JANUARY 3rd

GrowNYC Farmstands Open for Winter

December 10, 2019
Posted in Greenmarket

Year-round access to fresh, local produce is central to the mission of GrowNYC's Greenmarket program. That's why we’re so happy to announce two wintertime access points in the Bronx, and one in Sunset Park, Brooklyn this year. 

GrowNYC’s Lincoln Hospital, Norwood, and 6th Avenue Sunset Park markets are converting to Farmstands for the winter months. The farmstands will sell vegetables, fruit, eggs, bread, regional grains, hot sauce, maple syrup, and honey, and will be open weekly. These markets will operate in addition to year-round GrowNYC Greenmarkets

SNAP and Health Bucks are accepted.

GrowNYC’s Norwood Farmstand
E Gun Hill Rd & Dekalb Ave, Bronx
Thursdays, 9am-3pm
In partnership with the American Heart Association.

GrowNYC’s Lincoln Hospital Farmstand
149th St between Park and Morris Aves, Bronx  
Fridays, 8am-3pm
In partnership with the American Heart Association.

GrowNYC's 6th Avenue Sunset Park Farmstand
6th Ave & 44th St, Brooklyn  
Saturdays, 8am-3pm 
Special thanks to Council Member Carlos Menchaca for his continued support of this GrowNYC Farmstand. 

                              

A Letter from GrowNYC

December 8, 2019
Posted in GrowNYC

Dear Community,

An employee of GrowNYC's FARMroots program recently received a demeaning, racist, and hurtful note in response to a newsletter acknowledging the important contributions made by Latinx individuals to US agriculture. I write today to firmly denounce this behavior, and unequivocally state that it has absolutely no place in our community.

As an organization that brings New Yorkers together across all of our programs, from Swaps to community gardens and our Greenmarkets, GrowNYC is appalled by the current level of comfort individuals have expressing hate speech. Moreover, we have the responsibility of ensuring our employees’ dignity, safety, and rights.

Accordingly, any member of our community who harbors racist or hateful beliefs like these should consider themselves unwelcome.

COMPLETE COMMUNITY GUIDELINES

There’s so much work for us to accomplish together in this incredible city of ours. Here’s to doing just that.

Marcel Van Ooyen
President & CEO
GrowNYC

Greenmarket Gift Guide

November 30, 2019
Posted in Greenmarket

Holiday gift shopping for the Greenmarket lover is made easy with this list of popular holiday gifts from Greenmarket producers. 

NON-FOOD ITEMS
Greenmarket Merch: Tote bags (many farmers also tell totes!), reusable produce bags, The New Greenmarket Cookbook, calendars
Greenmarket Tokens: Wooden tokens can be purchased in $5 increments at the information tent at any Greenmarket using a credit or debit card. Tokens can be used like money at most vendors. Out of town but want to purchase tokens for family and friends living in New York? Call our office at 212.788.7900 and ask about purchasing tokens. 
The New Greenmarket Cookbook: Available for sale at Union Square Greenmarket and various other markets, as well as on 
www.grownyc.org/cookbook.
Greenmarket Producer Cookbooks: 
The Fisherman's Wife by Stephanie Villani; Living Bread: Tradition and Innovation in Artisan Break Making by Daniel Leader
Soaps 
Sachets, Salves, Lip Balms, Lotions, and Body Oils by Lavender by the Bay 
Beeswax Candles from various honey producers
Yarn, Hats, Scarves from Catskill Merino and Rosehaven Alpaca
Herbal Tinctures, Teas, and Tisanes from Violet Hill Farm, Furnace Creek Farm, White Pine Community Farm, Tweefontein Herb Farm 

Wreaths
Decorative Garlic Braids from Keith’s Farm
Poinsettias, Paper Whites, and Orchids
Succulent & Cactus plants


FOOD GIFTS
Jams and Preserves
Artisanal Cheeses
Hard Cider
Beer and Spirits
 from GrowNYC's 
Craft Beverage Pop-up
Honey 
Wine
Herbal Tinctures, Fire Cider, Teas, and Tisanes
 from Violet Hill Farm, Furnace Creek Farm, White Pine Community Farm, Tweefontein Herb Farm 

Jerky and "Meat Lovers" Cured Meat Pack from Lowland Farm
Cookies, Pies and Baked Goods
Maple Syrup, Maple Cotton Candy & Maple Candies

Popcorn from Wildraft Farm and Oak Grove Plantation
Chicken Liver Bourbon Pâté from Yellow Bell Farms 
Soppressata and Cured Chorizo from Flying Pigs Farm
Duck Salami and Prosciutto from Hudson Valley Duck Farm
Egg Nog from Ronnybrook Farm and Ole Mother Hubbert 
Gluten Free Babka from Las Delicias
Spirits: Gin, Corn Whiskey, Vodka, Unaged Single Malt Whiskey from Orange County Distillery, 1857 Spirits and Hickory Ledges
Bison Jerky from Roaming Acres
Beer from From the Ground Brewery, including Pale Ale, Stout and Red Ale
Bitters from Violet Hill Farm
Dried & Smoked Chiles & Ginger from Eckerton Hill and Oak Grove Plantation, Lani’s Farm, Campo Rosso, Conuco Farms, Evolutionary Organics, Bradley Farm

Please note, not all of these items are sold at every market location so check the producer line-up to see what products are available at your local Greenmarket.

Handy Tips for a Sustainable Holiday

November 26, 2019
Posted in Recycling | Tagged recycle

 

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, and get great tips from Wired's review of the 5 Best Toys of All Time.  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 from December 26, 2019 - January 11, 2020. Bring your own bag to chipping sites 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 from January 6 - 17, barring any snow disruptions. 

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 the outerborosFind 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 two 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 2019. We look forward to seeing you out at many of the great recycling events that will kick off a sustainable 2020. Happy Holidays!

Greenmarket Thanksgiving Week Schedule

October 24, 2019
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 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.

Food scrap and clothing collections are the SAME for regular and rescheduled markets, UNLESS otherwise noted. 

Monday, 11/25:
Union Square, MHTN, open 8am-6pm 

Tuesday, 11/26: 
All Compost On-the-Go sites are open 
Bronx Borough Hall Greenmarket, BX, open 8am-4pm Last day for the season
Poe Park Greenmarket, BX, open 8am-3pm Last day for the season
Lincoln Hospital Greenmarket, BX, open 8am-3pm  
*Union Sq Greenmarket (Friday producers), MHTN, open 8am-6pm
Bowling Green Greenmarket, MHTN, open 8am-5pm
City Hall Park Greenmarket, MHTN, open 8am-3pm 
Staten Island Ferry Terminal Greenmarket, MHTN, open 8am-7pm 
*Columbia University Greenmarket, MHTN, open 8am-4pm
Fort Washington Greenmarket, MHTN, open 8am-4pm Last day for the season
Greenmarket at the Oculus, MHTN, open 7am-7pm
Elmhurst Hospital Greenmarket, QNS, open 8am-4pm Last day for the season
Brooklyn Borough Hall Greenmarket, BK, open 8am-5pm  
Brooklyn Army Terminal Fresh Food Box, BK, open 11am-2pm (must order and pay for box on 11/19)
Lenox Hill Fresh Food Box, MHTN, open 3:30pm-6:30pm (must order and pay for box on 11/19)
Moore Street Fresh Food Box, BK, open 3:30-6:30pm (must order and pay for box on 11/19)

Wednesday 11/27:  
All Compost On-the-Go sites are open 
Learn It, Grow It, Eat It Youthmarket, BX, open 10am-3pm Last day for the season 
Bartel-Pritchard Greenmarket, BK, open 8am-3pm 
Woodhull Youthmarket, BK, open 9am-2pm Last day for the season
Fordham Greenmarket, BX, open 8am-4pm Last day for the season
Flushing Greenmarket, QNS, open 8am-3pm Last day for the season 
Corona Greenmarket, QNS, open 8am-3pm Last day for the season (no food scrap or clothing collections)
*97th Street Greenmarket, MHTN, open 8am-2pm
57th Street Greenmarket, MHTN, open Last day for the season 8am-5pm
*Bowling Green Greenmarket, MHTN, open 8am-5pm 
*City Hall Park Greenmarket, MHTN, open 8am-3pm 
Dag Hammarskjold Plaza Greenmarket, MHTN, open 8am-4pm 
Mount Sinai Greenmarket, MHTN, open 8am-5pm Last day for the season 
Parkchester Greenmarket, BX,  open 8am-4pm Last day for the season 
PS 57 Youthmarket, MHTN, open 9am-4pm Last day for the season
Tribeca Greenmarket, MHTN, open 8am-3pm 
*Tucker Square Greenmarket, MHTN, open 8am-5pm
Union Square Greenmarket, MHTN, open 8am-6pm 
Project HOPE Fresh Food Box (must order and pay for box on 11/20)
Uptown Grand Central Fresh Food Box (must order and pay for box on 11/20)

Thursday 11/28 & Friday 11/29:
All Greenmarkets, Youthmarkets, and Fresh Food Box locations closed. No clothing or food scrap collections.
**The Union Square Friday Greenmarket is closed, but Lower East Side Ecology Center will be collecting food scraps at Park and 17th Street. 

Saturday 11/30 & Sunday 12/1
Regular Greenmarket schedule
All Fresh Food Box locations closed. 

 

Greenmarket 2019 Thanksgiving Turkey Guide

October 24, 2019

Thanksgiving is just around the corner—November 28th, 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 GrowNYC Grains flour for all your baking needs, and 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, 11/24
97th Street Friday, 11/27 
Abingdon Square Saturday, 11/23
Brooklyn Borough Hall Saturday, 11/23
Carroll Gardens Sunday, 11/24
Columbia Sunday, 11/24
Cortelyou Sunday, 11/24
Forest Hills, 11/24
Fort Greene Saturday, 11/23
Grand Army Plaza Saturday, 11/23 

Greenpoint Saturday, 11/23
Inwood Saturday, 11/23
Jackson Heights Sunday, 11/24
Stuyvesant Town Sunday, 11/24
Tribeca Saturday, 11/23
Union Square Wednesday, 11/27
St George Saturday, 11/23

 

† Market open Wednesday before Thanksgiving for pick-ups.

Tamarack Hollow Farm

Breeds: Broad Breasted Bronze, Bourbon Red (Heritage Breed)
Where and how to order: Union Square Greenmarket WednesdaysUnion Square Greenmarket Saturdays, and on their website tamarackhollowfarm.com/thanksgiving-turkey 
Where and when to pick up: Union Square Greenmarket on Saturday, 11/23 or Wednesday, 11/27
tamarackhollowfarm.com

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, 11/23 or Wednesday, 11/27
facebook.com/QuattrosFarm/

Fiesty Acres Farm

Breeds: Black Spanish, Bourbon Red, & Narragansett (all Heritage Breeds)
Also available -- guinea hens, quail, and partridge.
Where and how to order: Limited availability of turkeys available for purchase at Union Square Greenmarket Wednesday, 11/27
Where and when to pick up: Union Square Greenmarket on Wednesday, 11/27
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, 11/26
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-2019
Where and when to pick up: Union Square Greenmarket or McCarren Park/Greenpoint Greenmarket on Saturday, 11/23 or Union Square Greenmarket Wednesday, 11/27
www.violethillfarm.com

Green Table Farms

Breeds: Standard Bronze, Narragansett, White Holland, Bourbon Red
Where and how to order: Online order form
Where and when to pick up: Union Square Greenmarket on Saturday 11/23, or at Cleaver Co. (257 Columbia St) in Brooklyn on Sunday 11/24 (9am-2pm).
www.cleaverco.com/green-table-farms

Stone and Thistle Farm 

Breeds: Broad Breasted Whites and Broad Breasted Bronzes
Where and how to order: Preorder at Tompkins Square Greenmarket with name, email address, desired weight of fresh turkey, and $20 deposit.
Where and when to pick up: Tompkins Square Greenmarket on Sunday 11/24. 
www.stoneandthistlefarm.com

 

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