In the fall of 2021, the Associated Supermarket located in Crown Heights, Brooklyn shut its doors due to development. Neighborhood residents, including many seniors, found themselves without access to a grocery store.
Community members were concerned about the lack of access to affordable, fresh, healthy food. That's where GrowNYC stepped in.
GrowNYC's Crown Heights Farmstand now serves the community by bringing a selection of seasonal and affordable produce to the neighborhood every Friday. GrowNYC Farmstands bring fresh fruits and vegetables to under-resourced neighborhoods across New York City while providing workforce development opportunities for young New Yorkers.
Historically under-resourced New York City neighborhoods are frequently overlooked by large food distributors and have fewer access points to fresh produce. 60 percent of Farmstand customers use a food subsidy program like SNAP, WIC, or OTC cards, making Farmstands, as well as GrowNYC's Greenmarkets and Fresh Food Box sites, crucial to fighting the inequity in NYC's current food system.
Giselle Ladino Perez, one of our Farmstand Youth Staff, shared that "I know that everyone deserves to have food on their table. I want everyone to be able to say 'Yes, food is a human right.'"
When you give to GrowNYC you ensure that New Yorkers across the five boroughs have access to fresh, affordable food - no matter their income or zip code.
We can't do this work without your support. Thank you for sharing our vision of building a more equitable and sustainable food system throughout New York City.
GrowNYC is happy to announce our Winter 2023 Training Series!
This free training is available to nonprofit organizations and community groups interested in operating a food box or farm stand in their neighborhoods. Organizations are invited to join us for an informational session on Tuesday, Jan 10th from 4-6 PM. This overview will help organizations determine which model is the right fit for them. We will provide general FreshConnect background, details about ordering produce through GrowNYC Wholesale, and highlight the differences between a farm stand and a food box. The info session is not required, but if you're still deciding if you'd like to run a farm stand or a food box, this will help you understand the differences and make your decision.
January 10, 4-6PM, Information Session
Register for our first information session here.
All training sessions are remote via Zoom.
Jan 24, 4-6 PM, Farm Stand Training
Jan 26, 4-6 PM, Fresh Food Box Training
Greenmarkets where you can stock up on holiday greens:
A'moon Farm: Wreaths, Bouquets, Garlands, Princess Pines, White Pines, Cedar Pines, Mountain Laurels, Boxwood, Juniper, and Rosehips (Union Square Greenmarket Wednesdays and Fridays) Downhome Acres: Wreaths (77th Street Greenmarket Sundays, Columbia University Greenmarket Sundays) Durr Wholesale: Wreaths (Union Square Greenmarket Saturdays) Green Life Farm: Wreaths (77th Street Greenmarket Sundays) Lebak Farms: Wreaths and boughs (Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket Saturdays) Luna Family Farm: Wreaths and bouquets (Columbia University Greenmarket Thursdays; Stuyvesant Town Greenmarket Sundays; Union Square Greenmarket Wednesdays & Saturdays) Mountain Sweet Berry Farm: Wreaths, garland, and princess pines (77th Street Greenmarket Sundays; Union Square Greenmarket Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays) Newgate Farms: Wreaths (Cortelyou Greenmarket Sundays, Columiba Greenmarket Thursdays) Rexcroft Farm: Wreaths (Fort Greene Greenmarket Saturdays) River Garden: Dried flower wreaths (Union Square Greenmarket Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays) Stokes Farm: Herb wreaths (Tucker Square Greenmarket Thursdays and Saturdays; Union Square Greenmarket Saturdays) Van Houten Farms: Trees and wreaths (Union Square Greenmarket Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays) Walnut Hill Farm: Wreaths and dried flowers (77th Street Greenmarket Sundays, Carroll Gardens Greenmarket Sundays, Fort Greene Greenmarket Saturdays, Grand Army Plaza Greenmarkets Saturdays, Inwood Greenmarket Saturdays, McCarren Park Greenmarket Saturdays, Union Square Greenmarket Wednesdays and Saturdays)
GREENMARKET GIFTS Greenmarket Merch: Tote bags (many farmers also tell totes!), reusable produce bags, 2023 calendar designed by Aly Miller Illustrations 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.
Sachets, Salves, Lip Balms, Lotions, and Body Oils
Wool Apparel, Yarn, Hats, Scarves
Herbal Tinctures, Teas, and Tisanes
Decorative Garlic Braids
Poinsettias, Paper Whites, and Orchids
Succulent & Cactus
Farmstead Wool Blankets and Wall Hangings
Spirits: Gin, Corn Whiskey, Vodka, Unaged Single Malt Whiskey
Jams and Preserves
Cookies, Pies and Baked Goods
Maple Syrup, Maple Cotton Candy & Maple Candies
Chicken Liver Bourbon Pâté
Soppressata and Cured Chorizo
Duck Salami and Prosciutto
Bison Jerky from Roaming Acres
Dried & Smoked Chiles & Powdered Spices
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.