Where to buy a Christmas tree & other holiday decor

December 8, 2010
Posted in Greenmarket | Tagged holidays, trees

Farmers at several Greenmarket locations harvest a variety of evergreen trees. Here's a list of markets where you can get a locally grown tree, wreath, or garland for all your holiday decorating needs:

Manhattan

77th Street Sunday
Abingdon Square Saturday
Union Square Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday

Brooklyn

Brooklyn Boro Hall Saturday
Fort Greene Park Saturday
Grand Army Plaza Saturday

Thanksgiving Produce Bags

December 2, 2010

GrowNYC's Thanksgiving Produce Bags were a big hit this year, distributing close to 2,000 lb of fresh, local produce to Harlem residents for the holiday. $4 produce bags filled with 5 pounds of seasonal vegetables like sweet potatoes, carrots, and collard greens were sold at four locations throughout Harlem.

Thanks to all our partners and volunteers who made it possible! See you next year.

A new stage and mural for JDD Garden

December 1, 2010

Recently, the roof on the stage/gazebo at JDD Garden had fallen into disrepair. In addition to providing gardening space for some of our Learn It, Grow It, Eat It students, the garden plays host to community events, meetings, and parties, so a solution was needed.

Thanks to generous support from Morrisania Revitalization Corp. and BASICS Inc., GrowNYC has spent the last month demolishing the old structure and building a new one, suitable for performances, shaded sitting, and a new rainwater harvesting system. GrowNYC staff was assisted by volunteers from BASICS and the Sustainable South Bronx Best Academy.

Gazebo/stage reconstruction

Mural

Pelham Bay Park clearing

As part of GrowNYC’s Environmental Education program, 31 students from DeWitt Clinton HS spent half a day clearing 3,800 square feet of bush honeysuckle invasive plants at Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx. The NYC Parks Department will follow the students’ work by planting natives in the area.

Grains Week - a success!

November 29, 2010
Posted in Greenmarket | Tagged Grains, grains week

Greenmarket Grains Week—seven days of collaborative programming to promote the re-emergence of local grains in our regional food system—has ended, and we're proud to say that it was a huge success! Home bakers compared recipes and tried each other's bread; experts discussed the past, present, and future of local grains; and baking classes and cooking demonstrations showed New Yorkers how to use local grains to make anything from pancakes to bagels.

Learn It, Grow It, Eat It on LunchNYC

November 22, 2010

NYC Media, the official television, radio and online network of the City of New York, recently profiled Learn It, Grow It, Eat It on LunchNYC.

Our part starts at 6:40. Check it out!

Greenmarket recipe contest

November 21, 2010
Posted in Greenmarket

Calling all home cooks! Online recipe website Epicurious is hosting a Greenmarket-inspired recipe contest. Turn in your best market recipe (from any time of year) and you could win $1,000 and have your recipe posted on the GrowNYC website!

Go to the contest webpage.

Holiday Greenmarket & Textile Collection Schedule

November 19, 2010
Posted in Greenmarket | Tagged thanksgiving

The week of Thanksgiving, all Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday markets will be open. Thursday, November 25, and Friday, November 26, all markets will be closed. Markets will resume their normal schedules on Saturday, November 27.

Some markets have rescheduled their Thursday and Friday dates; details below:

Manhattan

175th Street: Closed Thursday 11/25
97th Street: Open Wednesday, 11/24 + accepting textiles, Closed Friday 11/26,
Bowling Green: Open Wednesday, 11/24, Closed Thursday, 11/25
City Hall: Open Wednesday, 11/24, Closed Friday, 11/26
Columbia: Open Tuesday, 11/23, Closed Thursday, 11/25
Port Authority: Open Wednesday, 11/24, Closed Thursday, 11/25
Staten Island Ferry Whitehall Terminal: Closed Friday 11/26
Tucker Square: Open Wednesday, 11/24, Closed Thursday, 11/25
World Financial Center Battery Park City: Closed Thursday, 11/25

Brooklyn

Boro Park: Closed Thursday, 11/25
Brooklyn Boro Hall: Closed Thursday, 11/25
Grand Army Plaza: Open Wednesday, 11/24 (no textile collection)
Williamsburg: Open Wednesday, 11/24, Closed Thursday, 11/25,

Thanksgiving Produce Bags

November 16, 2010

On Saturday November 20th, GrowNYC's Wholesale Greenmarket, in partnership with participating schools, community organizations, churches and health advocates, will pilot a food distribution program in Harlem for the coming Thanksgiving holiday.

Thanksgiving Produce Bags, filled with 5 pounds of fresh, local produce, including potatoes, onions, carrots, sweet potatoes, and collard greens, will be available for $4 at three main distribution sites in Harlem.  EBT will be accepted.  A downloadable flier for the event is available here.

Distribution sites:

Harlem 4 Center for Change 2479 Frederick Douglas Blvd [map]
P.S. 76 Community Garden W 120th Street near 7th Ave/Adam Clayton Blvd [map]
Harlem Day Charter 240 East 123rd Street [map]
Additional locations will be announced shortly.

For additional information please contact Mike Morris.

Holiday food donations

November 15, 2010
Posted in Greenmarket | Tagged thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving, GrowNYC is partnering with local food rescue organizations to help feed New York City's hungry men, women, and children. For one day, customers shopping at the Greenmarkets listed below can purchase an extra bag of produce and donate it at the Greenmarket manager’s tent.

Most needed items: Apples, pears, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, collard greens, kale, onions, potatoes, root vegetables, and winter squash

Mt. Sinai Greenmarket
November 17
8am-4pm
Collection for Yorkville Common Pantry

Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket
November 20
8am-5pm
Collection for City Harvest

Union Square Greenmarket
November 20
8am-6pm
Collection for City Harvest

Abingdon Square Greenmarket
November 20
8am-3pm
Collection for The Bowery Mission

Tompkins Square Park Greenmarket
November 21
8am-5pm
Collection for City Harvest

77th Street Greenmarket
November 21
8am-5pm
Collection for City Harvest

Tribeca Greenmarket
November 24
8am-4pm
Collection for Housing & Services, Inc.

 

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