Variety Showcase at GrowNYC's Project Farmhouse

July 26, 2018
Posted in Greenmarket


Monday, September 24, 2018 in at GrowNYC's Project Farmhouse. 

This year the Culinary Breeding Network is partnering with GrowNYC to bring the VARIETY SHOWCASE to Project Farmhouse in New York City. This event is an interactive mixer designed to build community between plant breeders, organic farmers and eaters where attendees have the unique experience to taste new and in-development vegetable, fruit & grain cultivars with the breeders that created them, share opinions, talk about needs & preferences and learn about the importance of organic plant breeding.

The event includes a series of tables featuring plant breeders with examples of their breeding work. The tables provide attendees with a tangible example of the bio-diversity being created with organic production and flavor in mind. Each breeder is paired with a chef that creates a dish that highlights the breeding project and samples are tasted by attendees.

The ticketed, indoor Variety Showcase NYC will be held at two times - DAYTIME (12:00 - 3:00 pm) and EVENING (5:00 - 8:00 pm). Please note there are different breeders and chefs at each time. There will also be interactive tables at a free, public outdoor space 2 blocks away at the Union Square Greenmarket from 11:00 am - 6:00 pm. 

Tickets are $100 and available HERE. {Make sure to choose your desired time from the drop down menu.}
Sponsorship opportunities are available, view our Sponsorship Deck or contact Liz Carollo at lcarollo@grownyc.org with inquiries. 

Participating Breeders, Seed Growers, Farmers
A Field's Edge Research Farm
Campo Rosso Farm
Cornell University
Experimental Farm Network
Glynwood
GrowNYC's Greenmarket Regional Grains Project
Harris Seeds
High Mowing Organic Seeds
Hudson Valley Seed Company
Indigenous Seed Keeper Network
Johnny's Selected Seeds
Kitchen Garden Farm
Oregon State University
Organic Seed Alliance
PanAmerican Seed
Seed to Kitchen Collaborative
Sylvester Manor Educational Farm
The Bread Lab
Truelove Seeds
Uprising Seeds
Washington State University

Participating Chefs
Alex Raij, Txikito, El Quinto Pino, and La Vara
Ann Nunziata, Natural Gourmet Institute
Anya Peters, Kit an’ Kin
Arielle Johnson, MIT Media Lab
Ashley DuVal & Selena Ahmed, Shoots & Roots Bitters
Colin Wood, Flora Bar
Joel Viehland, Swyft
Jonny Hunter, Underground Food Collective
Luis Herrera, Brunch Gozón/Venezuelan Pantone
Mary Arquette, Akwesasne Task Force on the Environment
Mary Cleaver, The Cleaver Co
Matt Weingarten, Dig Inn
Michael Anthony, Gramercy Tavern
Monique Hamilton, The Cleaver Co
Negro Piattoni, Metta
Nicholas Tamburo, Momofuku Nishi
Patti Jackson, Delaware & Hudson
Peter Hoffman
Sonja Joy Key
Stephan Ilnycyj, Restaurant Norman
Suzanne Cupps, Untitled
Timothy Wastell, Antica Terra
Zachary Golper, Bien Cuit

 

Farmers Market Week Photo Contest

July 26, 2018
Posted in Greenmarket

Farmers Markets are very photogenic.

To properly celebrate National Farmers Market Week (August 5-11), grab your metro card, hit a market you've never visited (we have 50 Greenmarkets and 15 Youthmarkets!) and take some photos.

We invite photographers (professional, amateur, or student) to get out there, snaps some photos, and send us the image that best celebrates GrowNYC Greenmarkets and Youthmarkets. MAJOR bonus points if it is not a photo of the Union Square Greenmarket - we have plenty of images of our flagship market and want to see some beauty shots of our other markets.

Our team of judges will select the top 25 entries for a roving photography show at various markets throughout the city, and one grand prize-winning photograph will receive a gift certificate for Greenmarket-centric restaurant, Loring Place

Please email your high resolution photos, along with a short description of your experience visitng a new market, to photo@grownyc.org by Thursday, August 30th.

Good luck!

Photo Credit: June Russell, W 97th Street Greenmarket

Update: SNAP/EBT at Greenmarkets

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

August 2, 2018

Governor Cuomo Assures There Will Be No Interruption in Service for SNAP Recipients at GrowNYC Greenmarkets This Season

Thanks to the continued leadership of Governor Cuomo, New York State has created a plan to ensure that customers across the United States using Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) at farmers markets can continue to do so, thus protecting the viability of farm businesses in New York and throughout the country.

For the past month, the capacity to accept SNAP/EBT at many farmers markets was in jeopardy. Without Governor Cuomo’s support, the company that operated the app used by Greenmarket and 1700 other farmers markets across the country, Novo Dia Group, would have gone out of business on July 31st. Now, Novo Dia’s app, Mobile Market Plus, will remain in operation at least through February 2019.

GrowNYC is dedicated to ensuring that all New Yorkers can choose to participate in a regional food system, support local farmers, and have access to healthy, local food. We thank Governor Cuomo for his continued leadership in championing upstate growers and connecting them to New York City farmers markets.

"Governor Cuomo’s tenure has been marked by a steadfast dedication to safeguarding the viability of our state’s farms, whether through supporting the New York State Greenmarket Regional Food Hub or promoting and expanding the production of New York State craft beverages. This extension until February will allow enough time to find a permanent solution to processing SNAP at farmers markets; we are deeply grateful for Governor Cuomo’s help,” said Marcel Van Ooyen, CEO and President of GrowNYC.

In 2017, GrowNYC processed $1.1 million in sales for farmers through SNAP/EBT cards, and we provide an additional $400k in Health Bucks to SNAP customers to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables, all of which goes directly into farmers’ pockets, helping to keep their farm businesses viable and bolstering rural economies in New York.  Throughout the uncertainty of the past month, we’ve been heartened by the effluence of friendship and support from many, many organizations across the state and the country.

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.)

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! 

Summer Greenmarkets Now Open!

June 1, 2018

It’s happening!  Farmers market season is finally here, and this month we’re opening 15 seasonal GrowNYC Greenmarkets for our farmers to offer their bounty of delicious, local products throughout NYC.

 

Here’s the list of Greenmarkets opening in June.

Check out individual market webpages for information about upcoming activities such as guest chefs, kids programming, and book signings. Every market has free recipes and cooking demonstrations!

All GrowNYC Greenmarkets accept SNAP, and for every $5 a customer spends using SNAP, s/he receives one $2 Health Buck coupon to spend at the farmers market.

We’re on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. Follow us for up-to-date market news.

Winter Weather Schedule Changes

January 20, 2018
Posted in Greenmarket

Inclement weather in the city or in the greater region does affect markets;  markets may close early, or farmers may not be able to make it into the city.

If there are changes to the market schedule due to inclement weather, this blog post will be information central for up-to-the-minute schedule changes. 

Get real-time, up-to-date information here: 
Union Square Daily List of Producers in Attendance and the Union Square Greenmarket App

Manhattan Greenmarkets: Facebook  Instagram
Queens Greenmarkets: Facebook  Instagram
Brooklyn Greenmarkets: Facebook  Instagram
Staten Island Greenmarkets: Facebook  Instagram
Farmer and Producer List and Social Media Links

 

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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