Most GrowNYC Greenmarkets are OPEN

March 30, 2020
Posted in Greenmarket

Dear GrowNYC Greenmarket Community:

GrowNYC's 50 open-air Greenmarket 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. 

View real-time updates on market closures and GrowNYC program schedule changes.

As New York City and State respond to COVID-19, we want to update you on the steps we've taken--and recommend to you--to maintain Greenmarkets as vital community spaces in this time of uncertainty.

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
  • Assigning additional GrowNYC staff on the ground to regulate customer flow and ensure physical distancing
  • Only Producers and their staff may handle products. Customers must not touch any produce or products until after they have purchased
  • Market staff will separate farm stand spaces with at least 10 feet of distance between the tents, more where possible, to reduce congestion
  • There is no sampling of products at markets until further notice
  • There is no selling of apple cider by the cup
  • All Producers must wear protective gloves
  • All farm stands must use vinyl or plastic table covers for easy sanitizing
  • 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
  • All staff processing credit/debit/snap transactions must wear protective gloves
  • We will provide additional hand sanitizers at our market manager stations

We also encourage you to protect yourselves, your fellow shoppers, and our Producers and their employees. 

  • Maintain a 6' distance between yourself, Greenmarket staff, farm stand employees, and other customers
  • If you are sick, stay home
  • Do not pick up any products or produce at the farm stands, 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 

For now, our markets are open for business. View this slideshow of positive responses we have received from our customers. 

Greenmarkets March 2020

 

With your support, GrowNYC Greenmarkets have been operating through good times and bad for the past 43 years, building an interdependent regional food system that fosters community and nourishes our urban and rural neighbors alike. Together, we will get through this.

Thank you for your continued support,

Marcel Van Ooyen, GrowNYC President and CEO, & Michael Hurwitz, GrowNYC Director of Food Access and Agriculture

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