Where to buy a locally grown Christmas tree

November 28, 2011
Posted in Greenmarket | Tagged holidays, trees

Wondering where to buy a locally grown Christmas tree in time for the holidays?  Have a look at our guide below!


Union Square

  • Trumansburg Tree Farms: local Christmas trees from Tompkins County, NY (at Union Square Greenmarket Mon, Fri, and Sat and the Wed before Christmas)
  • Keith’s Farm: organic, local ‘Charlie Brown’ Christmas trees from Orange County, NY (at Union Square Greenmarket Wed and Sat, though supply is limited!)
  • Van Houten Farms: local Christmas trees from Rockland County, NY (at Union Square Greenmarket Wed and Sat)


Grand Army Plaza

  • Trumansburg Tree Farms: local Christmas trees from Tompkins County (at Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket Sat)

Help GrowNYC Raise $$ on Facebook

November 23, 2011
Posted in GrowNYC

Tri-State Ford Dealers is donating up to $5,000 to GrowNYC, $1 for every “Go Green” click they receive!

Help us earn needed funds to support programs you use, like Greenmarket, Office of Recycling Outreach and Education, Open Space Greening and more.

Support GrowNYC and go to Tri-State Ford's Facebook page.

Greenmarket's Winter Warm Up Party

November 14, 2011
Posted in Greenmarket | Tagged holidays

Farmers, Shoppers, Cooks and Neighbors unite for a night of revelry

Greenmarket's Winter Warm Up Wednesday, Dec 7 - 7 PM to 10PM The Bell House 149 7th St, Brooklyn NY 11215 Tickets: $40, 21+.  Buy tickets online. Join GrowNYC’s Greenmarket and Harvest Home for an end-of-season party to wring out a soggy year and plant some hope for a strong harvest in 2012. Warm up to winter and dance our regional farmers into the night with music by Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens and Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band at the Bell House on Wednesday, December 7 from 7 – 10 p.m. Groove to sensational gospel music and soul-rattling Balkan beats, bid on books in our ‘Cookbook Library’ silent auction, enjoy light hors d’oeuvres prepared with locally grown ingredients and $3 Brooklyn Brewery brews all night. Proceeds will benefit participating GrowNYC's Greenmarket program and Harvest Home farms that were devastated by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee in September. Come shake it with us as we bid good night Irene once and for all. Tickets are $40, 21+.

Buy tickets here.

Meat Week is here + Meat buying guides

November 8, 2011
Posted in Greenmarket

Kicking off with 'Meat with a Twist,' a celebration at City Winery, Meat Week will showcase the farmers, markets, and chefs who bring sustainably raised, local meat to the masses in NYC.

Take in a butchering demonstration, learn about rare cuts, hear from farmers and enjoy samples of the fine proteins they are producing. Greenmarkets across the city will provide educational information, recipes and cooking demonstrations featuring meat raised by regional farmers.

Check out the Meat Week website for a complete schedule.

We've also put together some great guides to the different cuts of beef and pork, including tips on how to cook them.

Download Beef Cuts & How to Cook Them and Pork Cuts & How to Cook Them.

Support School Recycling Champions on Kickstarter

November 7, 2011

GrowNYC is trying something new. Kickstarter, the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world, invited us to launch a project.

We're trying to raise $10,000 in 60 days to bring our Recycling Champions program to one school in each borough in 2011-12. We'll work alongside students, teachers, administrators and custodial engineers to educate the school community about the importance of recycling, provide professional development resources and presentation tools, facilitate classroom activities and lessons, and create youth recycling "ambassadors" to motivate and educate community. Make your pledge TODAY and get fun rewards!

Vote for GrowNYC's School Recycling Champions on Kickstarter!

High Schoolers clean up McCarren Park

November 7, 2011

Mike Zamm, Director of GrowNYC's Environmental Education program, recently spent 7 weeks putting students at Frances Perkins Academy through a water workshop, teaching kids about hydrology, the water cycle, New York City's watershed, and more.

As a culmination of 7 great weeks of work, students from Frances Perkins mulched 36 trees and planted 13 large trees across the street from their school, in McCarren Park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The project will help control storm water runoff and erosion in the Newtown Creek watershed.

A Prince in the Market

November 1, 2011
Posted in Greenmarket

In addition to the Times' Bill Cunningham and a throng of dedicated regular Saturday market goers, on October 22, the Union Square Greenmarket was host to the Crown Prince and Princess of Denmark and three world-renowned chefs from Copenhagen, including Adam Aamann, Claus Henriksen, and the famed René Redzepi of "the world's best restaurant," from Noma.

Celebrating the New Nordic Cuisine at a cook out in the Union Square Pavilion, streams of New Yorkers lined up to sample Danish fare prepared with locally grown ingredients sourced directly from the farmers at the Union Square Greenmarket.

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