Latinx Heritage and Northeastern Agriculture

October 10, 2019
Posted in Greenmarket

By Gabriela Pereyra, GrowNYC's FARMroots Beginning Farmer Program Manager

National Latinx Heritage Month in the United States is the period from September 15 to October 15, when people recognize the contributions of Latinx and Hispanic Americans to the country's history, heritage, and culture. 

Our work is to identify, educate, and support aspiring farmers with agricultural experience to establish their own economically and environmentally sustainable farm businesses. Started in 2000, GrowNYC created the New Farmer Development Project as a partnership between Greenmarket and Cornell Cooperative Extension's NYC Program. The project was based in New York City and trained mostly Latinx farmers within the city to start their farm businesses in New York's Hudson Valley and Catskill Regions, New Jersey, and northeastern Pennsylvania.

Our work of training the next generation of regional farmers continues, through programs that give them access to zero interest loans, discounted market opportunities, paid mentorships, and three years of additional technical assistance. It is also complemented with projects like the Labor Ready Farmer. This project, a collaboration with the Cornell Small Farms Program and Cornell Cooperative Extension, focuses on the growth of New York State fruit & vegetable farms through improved Latinx workforce management and leadership skills. 

Currently, 80% of New York State’s agricultural work is done by Latinx people, yet they own less than 3% of the state’s farmland, and less than 4% are farm managers. GrowNYC's FARMroots training works to provide profitable, equitable agriculture opportunities for Latinx communities. Improving the managerial skills of Latinx farmers and supporting them to start their own farms helps to keep farmland in production and strengthens rural communities, farmers markets, and the region’s food system as a whole. Today, at our Greenmarkets, Latinx farmers are selling a range of unique products that speak to their culture. Thanks to them, all New Yorkers have access to high-quality and locally-grown papalo, huacatey, epazote, amaranth, ají dulce, tomatillo, chiles, flores de calabaza, maíz de tortillas, dahlias, and herbs.

The contributions of Latinx people, both in the fields and in our Greenmarkets, are countless. Thanks to their work and effort, our regional food system is better and stronger. 

Rye Day 10/11 at the Union Square Greenmarket

September 25, 2019
Posted in Greenmarket

GrowNYC is proud to participate in the third annual Rye Week, a celebration of rye as an agricultural product in New York State, which will take place from October 12 – 20.

October 11th will be Rye Day at the Union Square Greenmarket. Johanna Kindvall, author of Smorgasbord: The Art of Swedish Breads and Savory Treats, will be at market signing books and demonstrating how to prepare flat breads with rye flour. Also in attendance will be Breuckelen Distilling, Empire Rye, and Nahmias et Fils, and the the GrowNYC Grainstand

“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.”

Fall 2019 Food Box Training

September 24, 2019
Posted in Greenmarket

Fall 2019 Food Box training - save the date Friday, Oct 11th

GrowNYC is happy to announce our fall 2019 Fresh Food Box Training.  This free training is for nonprofit organizations interested in operating their own Fresh Food Box wholesale buying club for fresh, high-quality, local foods at below-retail prices. Customers pre-order bags one week in advance on the designated distribution day, and the next week pick up their Fresh Food Box share. Each share contains 6-10 seasonal fruits and vegetables, as well as information on how to store and prepare the produce they’ve received.

This training will cover:

  • How to source farm-fresh foods in wholesale volumes via Greenmarket Co., GrowNYC's local food distribution program
  • GrowNYC's Fresh Food Box best practices that can be adapted to meet the needs of your community
  • Resources including manuals, order guides, and recordkeeping documents to help you operate a successful Food Box site

In order to operate a Fresh Food Box, organizations need the following capacity:

  • 6-10 staff hours per week (for distribution, program administration, promotion, and bookkeeping)
  • Accessible distribution location with good foot traffic
  • Storage space for equipment (folding tables, tents, etc.)
  • Some organizations may be eligible for $10,000 in funding from the New York State Department of Ag and Markets to support the operation of your Fresh Food Box site. For more information, click here.

If your organization or community group meets the above capacity guidelines and wishes to operate your own food box, please join us!  Apply for up to two free tickets here.

GrowNYC's Fresh Food Box Funding & Training Opportunities
Friday, October 11
2PM - 5PM
100 Gold Street, Manhattan 

 

Notice of Voluntary Recall, Consider Bardwell Farm

September 24, 2019
Posted in Greenmarket

Notice of Voluntary Recall, Consider Bardwell Farm

GrowNYC has received notification from Greenmarket producer Consider Bardwell Farm that due to the possibility of contamination they are voluntarily recalling the following cheeses sold at their farm stand and other retailers from 4/28/19 until present.

  • Dorset
  • Slyboro
  • Experience

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with these products. This is a voluntary and precautionary recall initiated by Consider Bardwell Farm. The contamination was discovered by routine testing of finished products and the manufacturing environment.

These products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Consumers who have purchased products listed in the above table are urged to return these products to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 802-645-9928.

Company Contact Information:
Consider Bardwell Farm
802-645-9928 (8:00 AM until 5:00 PM)
foodsafety@considerbardwellfarm.com 

We apologize for this inconvenience, but are happy to report that our farms are routinely conducting this sort of testing to ensure that the food they are distributing is safe. We look forward to having these products back at market following all of the necessary procedures.

We thank you for your continued support.

View the full Consider Bardwell Voluntary Product Recall details here.

St. George Greenmarket + Van Duzer Artisan Market

September 24, 2019
Posted in Greenmarket

We are happy to announce our collaboration with Van Duzer Artisan Market X Made in NYC Week at GrowNYC's St. George Greenmarket, which will host a pop up market featuring a collective of curated makers. Come join us for a day of shopping local handcrafted products and fresh Greenmarket goodies! Be inspired by the creativity, collaboration and craftsmanship in the Staten Island community and stop by for hands-on workshops and to supporting local NYC artisan goods.

Van Duzer Artisan Market is a traveling marketplace, based in Staten Island selling locally handcrafted goods, gifts + vintage finds. 
Instagram: @vanduzerartisanmarket
Facebook: @vanduzerartisanmarket

SHARING THE BLISS
Holistic line of handcrafted healing teas and aromatherapy products
IG: @sharingthebliss
www.sharingthebliss.com

AUGUST MOON 
Unique handcrafted jewelry 
www.richmondhood.com/product-category/jewelry

ZULYME DESIGN STUDIO
Local Staten Island Artist 

FUNLAYO GRACE
Handcrafted decorative pillows 
www.funlayograce.com

GRACE STUDIOS
Collective of inspirational home decor and art

Van Duzer Artisan Market is a proud partner of Made in NYC Week 2019.

Who is Made in NYC?
Made in NYC supports thousands of New York City’s manufacturers by giving them the tools to grow their companies. We foster local entrepreneurial innovation because we see the value in high quality, locally made goods. We help local brands tell their stories and provide them with a sense of community — reminding our businesses that they are not alone.

Made in NYC is an initiative of the Pratt Center for Community Development, an organization working to build a more just, equitable and sustainable city for all New Yorkers. Made in NYC is generously funded by the New York City Council.
Instagram: @madeinnewyorkcity
Facebook: @madeinnewyorkcity
Twitter: @madeinnyc

GrowNYC Chef Recipe Series

September 3, 2019
Posted in Greenmarket

October 2019
Pastry Chef Sofia Schlieben of PRINT Restaurant 

PRINT Restaurant Executive Pastry Chef Sofia Schlieben is NYC born and raised. She wasted no time and started working from an early age for some of the city’s most decorated chefs. She has worked for Thomas Keller, Michael White and Jean Georges. Sofia became Pastry Chef at Michelin-starred Veritas, and then went on to become Corporate Pastry Chef for John Fraser’s Dovetail, NIX and The Loyal. She now joins PRINT and is incredibly excited to showcase her skills in such a thoughtful and seasonal restaurant.

Recipes from PRINT Restaurant: 
Brown Butter Madeleines
Shakshuka with Quail Eggs
Elephant Heart Mocktail 

 

 

September 2019 
Chef David Stample of In Cucina

We’re happy to kick off our Chef Recipe Series with Chef David Stample, who creates Southern soul food with spicy Caribbean flavor, a flavor palette he picked up from his Caribbean family.

Chef David currently serves as Creative Director and Resident Chef at In Cucina, an event space and cooking studio in the Flatiron district, and he has worked as the Culinary Director of CREaM (Culinary-Related Entertainment and Marketing), won first place in the 2015 Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival, and is a ‘Hunger Hero’ with the nonprofit No Kid Hungry. 

Beginning Friday Sept. 6th, come out to GrowNYC’s Union Square Greenmarket from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. on Mondays and Friday throughout    September to see Chef David in action. 

Recipes from Chef David:
Watermelon Caprese Salad
Curried Cauliflower
Cantaloupe Salsa
Summer Squash & Corn Saute

 


 

 

Use eWIC at Greenmarket

July 30, 2019
Posted in Greenmarket | Tagged eWIC, WIC

New! How to use eWIC at Greenmarket

The WIC Vegetable and Fruit Check Program was created to improve the health of low-income women and children. The program provides pregnant, postpartum, breastfeeding women, infants and children under the age of 5 enrolled in the WIC Program with nutrition benefits to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables.

In spring 2019, the WIC program in New York State moved from issuing paper checks to providing benefits on a debit card. The WIC EBT card allows vendors to be reimbursed faster and families to roll over any unused benefits from a shopping trip toward future purchases during the same month.

While select farmers were enrolled to accept WIC Vegetable and Fruit Checks directly from customers in the past, they did not have a technological solution to do so once the benefits moved onto an EBT card.

GrowNYC is excited to announce a pilot program launched in partnership with the NYS Department of Health, NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets, Farmers Market Federation of NY, and Novo Dia Group. This August, Morgeiwicz Farm was outfitted with the equipment and technology to accept eWIC directly at their stands. As locations and farmers are enrolled, the information will be posted below, as well as at local WIC centers, Greenmarkets, and individual farmstands.

One thing that hasn’t changed: the $4 WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) coupons continue to be issued as paper checks. All Greenmarket fruit and vegetable producers are required by GrowNYC to accept FMNP.

Stop by the Market Information Tent at your neighborhood Greenmarket for more information.

Find Morgiewicz Farms at these GrowNYC Greenmarkets: 

57th St Greenmarket
Wed & Sat | 8am-5pm
Tenth Ave & 57th St, Manhattan

Bx Boro Hall Greenmarket
Tuesdays | 8am-4pm
161st & Grand Concourse, Bronx

Ft Washington Greenmarket
Tuesdays | 8am-4pm
168th St & Fort Washington Ave, Manhattan

Lincoln Hospital Greenmarket
Fridays | 8am-3pm
149th St btwn Park & Morris Aves, Bronx

3D Printing with GrowNYC & Cyant

July 22, 2019
Posted in Greenmarket

This STEAM workshop for kids is hosted by GrowNYC and Cyant. During these events, we will start at GrowNYC's iconic Union Square Greenmarket to discuss plants and return to Project Farmhouse to connect the dots with 3D printing! Young cyantists will learn about the technology, sustainability aspects, and create a small 3D printed design for a "plant project" which they will be able to take home!

3D Printing Workshops for Kids with Cyant and GrowNYC
August 17th & September 14th 
10am-12pm 
Project Farmhouse, 76 East 13th St (at 4th Ave)
Learn more about Cyant 

August 17 Tickets
September 14 Tickets 

Join GrowNYC at the Bronx Night Market 8/24

July 9, 2019
Posted in Greenmarket

Each Saturday, the Bronx Night Market brings a global food celebration to Fordham Plaza. Find the GrowNYC booth among the other 50+ food, drink, and artisan vendors on Saturday, August 24th.

No tickets or entry fee.

GrowNYC Grains at Slow Grains 2019

July 9, 2019
Posted in Greenmarket | Tagged Grains, Beer

Slow Grains 2019 - a bi-annual grain conversation, in partnership with GrowNYC Grains

Slow Grains is back! Join us for a dynamic conversation with leaders in the movement to bring small-scale grain growing back to the Northeast. Momentum around locally-grown grains is building – amongst brewers, distillers, bakers, chefs, and home cooks – our collective effort is creating a regional system of growing, processing, and distributing grains. Built into this movement is improved flavor, as well as on-farm diversification and resilience. Farm Breweries have generally lagged behind other sectors due to availability of barley, and limited capacity to malt grains grown in the region. In 2014 Brewers Choice became an event that showcased beer made with regional grains, malted in the northeast. Since then, 12 malting facilities have opened, the number of acres devoted to growing barley has tripled, the number of Farm Brewery licenses has increased by more than 450% and in 2019 the requirement to use New York State ingredients increased to 60%. And best of all, consumers are experiencing a golden era of delicious innovation in their favorite liquid form. Beer. Wow!

Come learn from the pioneering folks working on the Northeast local grain movement – we’ll share what we’ve learned, discuss grains varieties growing in our region, their important role in the building of a sustainable food system, and the infrastructure and distribution challenges involved in these efforts.

Join us on July 17 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn for this all-inclusive event with outdoor space, sunset views, live music, and a ton of beer tastings. The Slow Grains' panel discussion will precede the awesome Brewers' Choice 2019 event. Purchase of a ticket allows entry to the event. This year 20 small batch brewers will come together to celebrate local grains and malts with Slow Grains of Slow Food NYC!

WIth much gratitude to Beer Sessions Radio™ and the Good Beer Seal for hosting us at this, the 9th annual NYC Brewer’s Choice™, a featured event of July Good Beer Month.

Tickets are 21+ and over and are All-inclusive Food + Drink

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