Donate A Bag this Thanksgiving

October 17, 2020
Posted in Greenmarket

Greenmarket is partnering with City Harvest, Food Bank of New York City, Community Fridges in Upper Manhattan and the Bronx, 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! 

Saturday, November 14th 
City Harvest
Ft. Greene Greenmarket

Monday, November 16th 
Food Bank of New York City
Union Square Greenmarket

Wednesday, November 18th
City Harvest
Union Square Greenmarket

Friday, November 20th
Food Bank of New York City
Union Square Greenmarket

Saturday, November 21st
City Harvest
Union Square Greenmarket

Monday, November 23rd
Community Fridges in Upper Manhattan and the Bronx​
Union Square Greenmarket

 

GrowNYC COVID-19 Response

October 17, 2020
Posted in GrowNYC

Since the coronavirus pandemic hit New York City, GrowNYC has responded swiftly to the needs of our community.

Deemed essential businesses, we quickly reconfigured our 80+ food access sites to keep them open and safe for shoppers, producers, and staff. ​We are working with community partners to deliver free Fresh Food Boxes to low income New Yorkers who are undocumented, unemployed, or struggling in high need neighborhoods. Additionally, we have been building out distance learning resources to continue to support educators and the general public as learning spaces move remote.

For 50 years now, GrowNYC has been a resource for all New Yorkers who want to improve quality of life and protect the environment. You can continue to rely on us for access to fresh food, education, green spaces and more.

Thank you for your support and stay safe.
Marcel Van Ooyen

GrowNYC Greenmarkets, Farmstands, and Fresh Food Box Sites Map and Schedule

GrowNYC's 80+ open-air Greenmarket locations, Farmstands, and Fresh Food Box locations are crucial to the 250 regional farmers and producers who sell through them, as well as to the hundreds of thousands of New York City residents who rely on the them as an essential source of fresh, healthy food.  Eighty-five percent of our farms report that they would not be in business if not for the ability to sell directly to New York City shoppers.

As always, SNAP/EBT is accepted at all GrowNYC Greenmarkets, Farmstands, and Fresh Food Box locations. 

*Some Food Scrap Drop-off Sites are re-opening. See our Compost Program page for updates.

*Some Clothing Collections at Greenmarkets are re-opening. See our Clothing Collection Program page for updates. To schedule a pick-up of textiles for a fee, please contact Wearable Collections

Farmers Markets are Essential Businesses

Farmers markets are open as essential retail busineses while New York State is on P.A.U.S.E. 

GrowNYC Schedule Updates 

View real-time updates on market closures and GrowNYC program schedule changes, and follow us on social media.

GrowNYC Greenmarket Alternative Sales Directory

Many Greenmarket producers are offering a variety of ways to purchase their products, from allowing customers to pre-order and pick up at a market, to direct home delivery and shipping products from their online stores.

All of that information is available in one place at GrowNYC Greenmarket Alternative Sales Directory

COVID Guidelines - Market Safety for Shoppers 

We encourage you to please adhere to the following safety protocols to protect yourselves, your fellow shoppers, and our Producers and their employees. 

  • Wear a face covering inside the market space
  • Maintain a 6' distance between yourself, Greenmarket staff, farm stand employees, and other customers
  • Try to keep your market shopping trip as quick as possible
  • Do not bring your dogs or bikes into the market space
  • Limit your party to 1-2 people and split up to finish shopping quickly
  • If you are sick, stay home
  • Some farms allow customers to handle products and some do not, noted by signage at each stand. If it is a stand with a 'no handling' sign, please do not pick up any products or produce, ask an employee to help you
  • If you sneeze or cough, do so only into a tissue (and immediately dispose of it) or into the crease of your elbow
  • Thoroughly wash your hands often with soap for at least 20 seconds
  • If hand washing is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Wash all produce thoroughly before using it
  • Regularly wash your reusable produce bags
  • Be patient, and kind--we're all in this together 

COVID Guidelines - Market Safety for Producers and Market Managers

We are, and have been since the beginning of COVID-19, in constant contact with city health officials, and we continue to follow their guidance. 

Most of our markets are currently operating, though for safety reasons and in consultation with health officials and other market operators, we have implemented the following best practices: 

  • Dramatically increasing the footprint of our markets to allow for shoppers to be be able to a maintain a healthy physical distance between each other
  • Adding additional chalk//tape lines to keep shoppers at least six feet apart
  • Requiring all market shoppers, staff, and Producers to wear a face covering
  • Assigning additional GrowNYC staff on the ground to regulate customer flow and ensure physical distancing
  • Separating farm stand spaces to reduce congestion
  • There is no sampling of products at markets until further notice
  • All producers need to be sanitizing their stands regularly, primarily wiping down tables, terminals, cash boxes, etc.
  • Reminder notices to farmers about proper food handling will be provided
  • All GrowNYC staff and Producers must stay home if they are sick
  • We will provide additional hand sanitizers at our market manager stations

Emergency Food Resources

Information about free meals, food pantries, SNAP enrollment, cash assistance, Medicaid, and food delivery assistance available here.

Additionally, GrowNYC is working with community partners to deliver free Fresh Food Boxes to low income New Yorkers who are undocumented, unemployed, or struggling in high need neighborhoods.

Distance Learning Activities and Resources

Due to school closure and social distancing measures, our Education Programs are currently not operating our Zero Waste and Food & Nutrition programs in schools, School Garden workshops and giveaways, Greenmarket tours or Teaching Garden field trips. In the meantime, we've developed a Distance Learning resource page for educators, families, and students of all ages, including our Virtual Teaching Garden, where you can keep up with planting and projects at our Teaching Garden at Governors Island and explore related activities you can do at home.

Recent Press

Bklyner, Food Carts and Trucks Struggle While Farmers Markets Soldier On Under Coronavirus Conditions
Bloomberg, Farmers Markets are a Lifeline to Growers Hurt by Coronavirus 
Boston GlobeCoronavirus Should Shift Our Focus to a More Locally Sourced Food Supply
Brookings Institute, Farmers Markets are Vital During COVID-19, but They Need More Support
CBS New York, Coronavirus Update: NYC Farmers Markets Open With New Safety Guidelines
Eater, NYC’s Farmers Market Can Be a Calming Oasis of Socially Distanced Grocery Shopping
Food & Wine, How to Shop Safely at the Farmer's Market During the Coronavirus Pandemic​
GoopUnion Square Greenmarket
NBCFood Sellers Enforce Social Distancing to Protect Shoppers
NY1How Food Markets Adapt Amidst the Coronavirus Pandemic
Pix 11How to Keep Social Distancing at Farmer's Markets
Secret New YorkMost NYC Greenmarkets are Still Open, Here are Their Rules for Shopping Safely
Staten Island AdvanceStaten Island Greenmarkets to Remain Open with Precautions in Place
TelemundoMercados al Aire Libre en NYC Siguen Ofreciendo Servicio Pese a Cuarentena
The New York Times, Why Outdoor Farmers' Markets Matter More Than Ever
Time Out New YorkNYC Farmers Markets Stay Open with Strict New Social Distancing Protocols

GrowNYC Needs Your Support 

For nearly 50 years, GrowNYC has made it easy for New Yorkers to take everyday actions that benefit the environment. Serving over 3 million New Yorkers every year, our programs encourage all citizens to lead mindful lives, like eating seasonally and locally, conserving resources, and preserving green space. Please consider a donation of any amount, we need your support now more than ever. 

Greenmarket Thanksgiving Week Schedule

October 17, 2020
Posted in Greenmarket

With the holidays looming, many of us are trying to conceive of how to celebrate, given the challenges brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. 

This year will be particularly difficult for a growing number of New Yorkers as the unemployment rate in the City is nearly four times what it was last year at this time. Studies show that a quarter of the City's population, over 2 million New Yorkers, may currently be experiencing food insecurity. If you are in need of emergency food assistance, call the NYC Emergency Food Line at 1-866-888-8777. And here's a link to our webpage with information about available resources.

Access for every New Yorker to fresh, healthy food is an important part of our mission. From the beginning of this health crisis back in March, GrowNYC's food access points have remained open. We are always evaluating our market operations, intent on providing safe, vibrant spaces in every borough for New Yorkers to shop for nutritious food.  We are, this year more than ever, exceedingly thankful for our GrowNYC community.

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

​*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.

Here's an interactive map to GrowNYC's open-air Greenmarkets, Farmstands, and Fresh Food Box sites.

Monday, 11/23:
Union Square, MHTN, open 8am-6pm 

Tuesday, 11/24: 
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 Last day for the season 
*Union Sq Greenmarket (Friday producers), MHTN, open 8am-6pm
Astor Place Greenmarket, MHTN, open 8am-5pm Last day for the season 
Bowling Green Greenmarket, MHTN, open 8am-5pm
*Columbia University Greenmarket, MHTN, open 8am-4pm
Fort Washington Greenmarket, MHTN, open 8am-4pm Last day for the season
Elmhurst Hospital Greenmarket, QNS, open 8am-4pm Last day for the season
Brooklyn Borough Hall Greenmarket, BK, open 8am-4pm  
Lenox Hill Fresh Food Box, MHTN, open 2:30pm-6:30pm (must order and pay for box on 11/17)

Wednesday 11/25:  
Morrisania Farmstand, 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
Corona Greenmarket, QNS, open 8am-3pm Last day for the season 
*97th Street Greenmarket, MHTN, open 8am-2pm (NO food scrap collections) 
57th Street Greenmarket, MHTN, open Last day for the season 8am-5pm
*Bowling Green Greenmarket, MHTN, open 8am-5pm 
Dag Hammarskjold Plaza Greenmarket, MHTN, open 8am-3pm 
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 9:30am-4pm Last day for the season
Tribeca Greenmarket, MHTN, open 8am-3pm 
*Tucker Square Greenmarket, MHTN, open 8am-4pm
Union Square Greenmarket, MHTN, open 8am-6pm 
Project HOPE Fresh Food Box open 2pm-6pm (must order and pay for box on 11/18)
Uptown Grand Central Fresh Food Box open 2:30pm-6:30pm (must order and pay for box on 11/18)

Thursday 11/26 & Friday 11/27:
All Greenmarkets, Farmstands, 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 11/28 & Sunday 12/29
Regular Greenmarket schedule
All Farmstand and Fresh Food Box locations closed. 

 

Greenmarket 2020 Thanksgiving Turkey Guide

October 17, 2020
Posted in Greenmarket | Tagged Turkey, thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is just around the corner—November 26th, 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, 11/22
97th Street Friday, 11/25 
Abingdon Square Saturday, 11/21
Brooklyn Borough Hall Saturday, 11/21
Carroll Gardens Sunday, 11/22
Columbia Sunday, 11/22
Cortelyou Sunday, 11/22
Forest Hills, 11/22
Fort Greene Saturday, 11/21
Grand Army Plaza Saturday, 11/21 

Greenpoint Saturday, 11/21
Inwood Saturday, 11/21
Jackson Heights Sunday, 11/22
Tribeca Saturday, 11/22
Union Square Wednesday, 11/25
St George Saturday, 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, 11/21 or Wednesday, 11/25
facebook.com/QuattrosFarm/

Fiesty Acres Farm
Breeds: Black Spanish, Bourbon Red, Narragansett, & Broad Breasted White
Also available -- guinea hens and quail.
Where and how to order: Limited availability of turkeys available for purchase at Union Square Greenmarket Wednesday, 11/25
Where and when to pick up: Union Square Greenmarket on Wednesday, 11/25
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, 11/24
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-2020 
Where and when to pick up: Union Square Greenmarket or McCarren Park/Greenpoint Greenmarket on Saturday, 11/21 or Union Square Greenmarket Wednesday, 11/25
www.violethillfarm.com/turkey-2020

Green Table Farms
Breeds: Mixed Heritage Breed
Where and how to order: Preorder now to reserve your Thanksgiving Turkey on Fellow Farmer.com. The deposit will process for the weekend you place your order.  The final charge is processed at the time of pick up and for the actual size.  Please note in the comments how many guests you will be serving. 
Where and when to pick up: Union Square Greenmarket on Saturday 11/21, (8:00 am - 4:00 pm) and Domino Park Greenmarket Sunday 11/22 (9am-2pm). 
www.fellowfarmer.com/producer/green-table-farms
If you prefer to have your turkey cooked for you might want Cleaver Co do the cooking for you!

Stone and Thistle Farm 
Breeds: Broad Breasted Whites and Broad Breasted Bronzes
Where and how to order: Preorder at Brooklyn Borough Hall Saturday Greenmarket and Tompkins Square Greenmarket with name, email address, desired weight of fresh turkey, and $20 deposit. $5.95/lb
Where and when to pick up: Brooklyn Borough Hall Greenmarket on Saturday, 11/21 and Tompkins Square Greenmarket on Sunday, 11/22. 
stoneandthistlefarm.com

 

Rye Week 2020

October 16, 2020
Posted in Greenmarket

GrowNYC is proud to participate in Rye Week, a yearly celebration of rye as an agricultural product in New York State, which will take place from October 17 – 25.

Throughout Rye Week, Greenmarkets across the city will also host a number of craft distilleries selling rye-based spirits and Empire Rye. Five 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.”

RYE WEEK CRAFT DISTILLERY SCHEDULE

Saturday, October 17: Union Square Greenmarket - New York Distilling Co.
Saturday, October  17: McCarren Park Greenmarket - New York Distilling Co.
Sunday, October 18: Jackson Heights - Standard Wormwood
Wednesday, October 21: Union Square - New York Distilling Co.
Saturday, October 24: Union Square - Van Brunt Stillhouse
Sunday, October 25: 79th Street Greenmarket - Springbrook Hollow Farm Distillery
Sunday, October 25: Columbia University Greenmarket -Tuthilltown Spirits

 

GrowNYC's Food, Waste, and Climate Virtual Workshop Series: Part One 10/16

October 14, 2020

GrowNYC's Food, Waste, and Climate Virtual Workshop Series: Part One 10/16

Celebrate World Food Day with us this Friday, October 16, by learning what you can do to support a sustainable food system. We'll explore what makes a food system sustainable and why it is so important for our own food security and the health of our planet.

This virtual workshop is the first in GrowNYC's Food, Waste, and Climate series.  Here's the link to register.

How we grow, distribute, and dispose of our food has an impact on the health of the planet. GrowNYC's Food, Waste and Climate is a three-part series that explores the intersection of food and waste with the fight against the climate crisis.

This series is recommended for middle and high school students and educators. Participants who register as a teacher will be provided access to a google classroom with additional extension materials, discussion questions, and an exit slip that can be shared with students.

Can't make the scheduled times? Choose a time and register for the Recording and Google Classroom ticket and we will send the materials to you the week following the event. (No need to register for both if you are attending the live virtual event as all participants will receive follow up materials.)

Here's a link to more information about the series.

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