Update: SNAP/EBT at Greenmarkets

July 16, 2018
Posted in Greenmarket | Tagged SNAP, ebt

UPDATE as of Thursday, 7/19: 
The National Association of Farmers Market Nutrition Programs is providing funding to keep Novo Dia Group operating for an additional 30 days. While we are thankful for this immediate short term solution, there remains a need for a permanent fix to this issue. Please continue to contact your represenatives and ask for their support of SNAP acceptance in farmers markets. 

Read the full press release here

Original Post: 
Recently, there have been stories in the press about farmers markets losing the ability to accept SNAP. GrowNYC was notified earlier this month that Novo Dia Group, the company that operates the app that Greenmarket uses to process SNAP at market, is going out of business as of July 31. This impacts farmers markets all over the country. 

GrowNYC’s priority is to continue to accept SNAP at every one of our locations without any break in service. We are dedicated to providing a marketplace accessible to all.

Partners in New York State, New York City, and across the country are working to come up with short and long term solutions. Additional updates will be shared on this blog post as they develop.

In the meantime, please contact your Congressional representative to ask them to sign on to the letter being led in the House by Congressman Jim McGovern. The letter expresses concern over the impact of NDG's shutdown and will be sent to USDA FNS. (NYS senators Schumer and Gillibrand have already signed onto the Senate’s letter.)

Slow Food Nations Unite

July 3, 2018

Greenmarket Director Michael Hurwitz is headed out to Denver to speak at Slow Food Nations, "a festival of flavor, culture and exploration."

Michael will talk about innovation – particularly how Greenmarket provides a favorable marketplace for producers to innovate and test out new ideas. The success of the Greenmarket Regional Grains Project is just one example (of many) of how advantageous this can be for farmers and producers. 

A big thank you to Market Umbrella Founder and Slow Food USA Executive Director Richard McCarthy and former Market Umbrella Assistant Director and now Farmers Market Coalition Research Associate Darlene Wolnick for including us in the event and being great partners over the years.
Left to Right: Michael Hurwitz; Darlene Wolnick; Richard McCarthy

Greenmarket 4th of July Schedule

June 28, 2018
Posted in Greenmarket

Greenmarket 4th of July Schedule  

Wednesday, July 4th
Union Square Greenmarket will be OPEN, food scrap collections will be OPEN
All other Wednesday Greenmarkets will be CLOSED, food scrap/clothing collections will be CLOSED

Fresh Food Box 4th of July Schedule

Wednesday, July 4th
Uptown Grand Central and Project H.O.P.E. Fresh Food Box sites will be CLOSED; Food Scrap Collections SUSPENDED

Happy Independence Day! 

Cider Summer June 22

June 12, 2018

Cider Summer Fun
Kick off the first day of summer with CIDER!

North end of Union Square
Date: Friday, June 22
Time: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Seven New York State hard cider producers are coming to the Union Square Greenmarket to show off their apple-y libations at our Cider Summer event. 

Come on out and meet your new favorite hard cider. 

Participating Cideries:
Brooklyn Cider House
Hudson Valley Farmhouse Cider
Nine Pin Cider
Good Life Farm-Kite & String Cider
Metal House Cider
Fishkill Farms' Treasury Cider 
Descendant Cider Co.

Greenmarket Home Bakers Meet-up

February 6, 2018

Home Bakers Meet-up
Monday, February 26th 
Project Farmhouse, 76 East 13th Street (Manhattan)
Tickets $20

Break bread with Greenmarket Regional Grains Project and your fellow home bakers! Bakers of all experience levels are welcome to swap samples with fellow grain geeks and share secrets on how to get a really crusty crust. Some of New York City's best professional bakers, including Austin Hall of She Wolf Bakery, Sharon Burns-Leader of Bread Alone Bakery, and Peter Endriss of Runner & Stone will also be on hand to talk tips and techniques.

Bring a loaf of your favorite home baked bread, made with locally-grown grains and flours, and copies of your recipe and/or starter to trade with others. 

Tickets include event entry and one drink.

Purchase grains and flours from the Greenmarket Grainstand at the Union Square Greenmarket on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and other locations listed here.

THANK YOU to our sponsors Meyers USAToast AleMockmill, and Maine Grains.

All proceeds benefit the Greenmarket Regional Grains Project. 

Greenmarket Winter Warrior 'Fly Somewhere Warm' Contest

February 1, 2018



You know who you are Winter Warriors -- it's 20 degrees outside and you're piling on the layers, getting Fido into his doggie-sweater, and grabbing the frozen compost -- all in preparation for your farmers market trip. We want to reward you for your Greenmarket love and loyalty with a chance to win two travel certificates, good for the base fare of two roundtrip JetBlue flights (excluding taxes/fees)!

Sweepstakes Rules: 

  • Visit any one of the 24 Year-Round Greenmarket Farmers Markets during open market hours between February 15 – 28, 2018
     
  • Take a photo and post it to your Instagram account with the hashtag #GMKTWinterWarrior and #contest. Limit one entry per Instagram account per day.
     
  • Photos can be selfies, or they can be shots of vegetables, farmers (with their permission), any kind of wintry Greenmarket cheer. As long as the photo is taken inside any one of the 24 Year-Round Greenmarket Farmers Markets during open market hours and posted to Instagram with the hashtag #GMTKWinterWarrior, it is a chance to win!  
     
  • On March 1st  2018, GrowNYC will pick one lucky winner to receive two travel certificates, good for the base fare of two roundtrip JetBlue flights (excluding taxes/fees)! These vouchers must be used by June 15, 2018. It’s a fast turnaround, but there’s enough time to get somewhere warm.
     
  • GrowNYC and Greenmarket staff, volunteers, farm staff, or farmers, or family members are not eligible to win.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to legal residents of the U.S., DC & PR, 18 years and older. Contest ends at 11:59:59 PM ET on 2/28/18. Void where prohibited. See Official Rules for details.

Greenmarket Holiday Gift Guide

December 5, 2017
Posted in Greenmarket

Holiday gift shopping for the Greenmarket lover is made easy with this list of popular holiday gifts from Greenmarket producers. 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.

NON-FOOD ITEMS
Greenmarket Merch: Tote bags, reusable produce bags, baby bibs, tea towels, bamboo spatulas, Short Stack cookbooks, note cards, and mugs at Union Square Greenmarket Merch Tent  
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. Out of town but want to purchase tokens for family and friends living in New York? Call our office at 212.788.7900 and ask about purchasing tokens. 
The New Greenmarket Cookbook: Available for sale at Union Square Greenmarket and various other markets, as well as on www.grownyc.org/cookbook.
Greenmarket Producer Cookbooks: The Fishermen's Wife by Stephanie Villani; The Hot Bread Kitchen Cookbook; Bread Alone Cookbook
Soaps 
Sachets, Salves, Lip Balms, Lotions, and Body Oils
Yarn, Hats, Scarves from Catskill Merino and Rosehaven Alpaca
Herbal Tinctures, Teas, and Tisanes from Violet Hill Farm, Furnace Creek Farm, White Pine Community Farm, Tweefontein Herb Farm 
Wreaths
Decorative Garlic Braids from Keith’s Farm
Poinsettias, Paper Whites, and Orchids
Succulent & Cactus plants

FOOD GIFTS

Jams and Preserves
Hard Cider
Beer and Spirits from GrowNYC's Craft Beverage Pop-up
Honey 
Wine
Jerky and "Meat Lovers" Cured Meat Pack from Lowland Farm
Cookies, Pies and Baked Goods
Maple Syrup, Maple Cotton Candy & Maple Candies
Popcorn from Wildraft Farm and Oak Grove Plantation
The Bronx Hot Sauce Gift Box from GrowNYC
Chicken Liver Bourbon Pâté from Yellow Bell Farms 
Soppressata and Cured Chorizo from Flying Pigs Farm
Duck Salami and Prosciutto from Hudson Valley Duck Farm
Egg Nog from Ronnybrook Farm and Ole Mother Hubbert 
Gluten Free Babka from Las Delicias
Spirits: Gin, Corn Whiskey, Vodka, Unaged Single Malt Whiskey from Orange County Distillery, 1857 Spirits and Hickory Ledges
Bison Jerky from Roaming Acres
Beer from From the Ground Brewery, including Pale Ale, Stout and Red Ale
Bitters from Violet Hill Farm
Dried & Smoked Chiles from Eckerton Hill and Oak Grove Plantation 

Deck the Halls - Christmas Trees + Holiday Wreaths at Greenmarkets

November 28, 2017
Posted in Greenmarket

Your locally grown Christmas trees, wreaths, and boughs will stay fresher longer and smell amazing. A list of markets where you can stock up on holiday greens follows:

Durr Wholesale: Wreaths (Union Square Saturday) 
Fiori Di Fenice: Wreaths (Union Square Saturday) 
Hurds Family Farm: Trees (Grand Army Plaza Saturday)
Keith's Farm: Organic trees and wreaths (Union Square Wednesday and Saturday)
Lebak Farms: Wreaths (Grand Army Plaza Saturday)
Mountain Sweet Berry Farm: Wreaths, garland, and princess pines (Union Square Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday)
Rexcroft Farm: Wreaths (Dag Hammarskjold, Wednesday; Fort Greene Saturday) 
River Garden: Dried flower wreaths (Union Square Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday)
Stokes Farm: Herb wreaths (Tucker Square Thursday and Saturday; Union Square Saturday)
Van Houten Farms: Trees and wreaths (Union Square Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday)
Wilklow Orchards: Trees (Ft. Greene Saturday)

GrowNYC International Harvest Dinner

November 20, 2017
Posted in Greenmarket

Earlier this month, GrowNYC held the second in our Chef Seasonal Dinner Series.

It was magnificent!

Five leading chefs from some of NYC’s most prominent restaurants donated their time and incredible culinary skills to create an unforgettable meal.

The theme of the dinner was International Harvest. Chef Ron Roselli of Bowery Road kicked things off with passed hors d’oeurves, including Fried Mushroom with a Citrus Aioli and Calabrian Chili, as well as Sicilian Cauliflower with Pine Nuts and a Chili Garlic Vinaigrette, which were followed by Sacco Chicken Stew with Bitter Orange and Dominican Root Vegetables prepared by Chef Charles Rodriguez of Print.  The second course, prepared by Iceland native Chef Gunnar Gíslason of Agern, consisted of Honeynut Squash with Sea Buckthorn, Honey and Brown Butter.  Next was Octopus with Salsa Veracruzana and Blue Eye Potatoes created by Chef Daniela Soto-Innes of Cosme, inspired by the cooking of Chef Sotto-Innes’s home country, Mexico.  And finally, for dessert, Chef Miro Uskokovic from Gramercy Tavern reimagined an Apple “Lazy” Pie with Baklava Ice Cream and Cranberry from his childhood in Serbia. And because two desserts are better than one, he made Serbian-inspired Truffles with Slivovitz and Cacao Prieto.

Magnificent. (It must be said again.)

This year marks the 18th anniversary of GrowNYC's New Farmer Development Program which provides assistance and opportunity for immigrants with backgrounds in agriculture looking to continue a career in farming in the Northeast. To celebrate, participants of that program, Sergio and Paz Nolasco of Nolasco Farms, gave a short speech about what Greenmarket means to their business.  

All the proceeds from the event allow Greenmarket to use Project Farmhouse throughout the year as an educational space for youth programming, panel discussions, film screenings, and networking events focused on a just and sustainable local food system.  We’re deeply grateful to all of the participating chefs, as well as Bread Alone, Breuckelen Distilling, Brooklyn Brewery, Great Performances, Lauber Imports, Library of Distilled Spirits, Omni New York LLC, and Union Square Wines for their help and support for our International Harvest Dinner. Photography by Vitaliy Piltser.

Looking forward to the next one!

Project Farmhouse International Harvest Dinner

 

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