Chef Michael Anthony’s Soup at Hale and Hearty Includes Local Grains and Many Extra Benefits

December 10, 2012
Posted in Greenmarket | Tagged Grains, greenmarket co

Local food for lunch just became that much easier to access.

During the week of December 10-16, look for emmer, a locally grown grain from Greenmarket producer Cayuga Pure Organics, in a special soup at Hale and Hearty. The New York chain of popular lunch spots will feature guest chef Michael Anthony’s “Kabocha Squash Soup with Emmer and Cranberries” as part of its Chef Series of signature soups. The Gramercy Tavern executive chef and long-time Greenmarket devotee applied his penchant for local ingredients to a recipe that will reach the masses of noshing New Yorkers.

It’s not uncommon to bump into Chef Anthony at the Union Square Greenmarket, which is just a few blocks from his acclaimed fine dining establishment. It’s a short enough distance to tote fresh products from the farmers market back to his kitchen via hand trucks. But Hale and Hearty has 28 restaurants throughout the city, as well as a 20,000 square foot USDA-certified commissary kitchen in the heart of Brooklyn. They serve 125,000 customers per week.  Thanks to Greenmarket Co., GrowNYC’s new wholesale distribution service that delivers regionally grown produce to bodegas, groceries, and restaurants around the city, Hale and Hearty was able to receive deliveries of the same high quality, locally grown product Chef Anthony calls for in his recipe. This means more New Yorkers will be eating New York-grown food for lunch—a win for city eaters and upstate farmers alike.

“The Chef Series came about in an effort to connect with some of New York's top Chefs while giving back to the community,” said Simon Jacobs, CEO. “This collaboration with Chef Anthony, Greenmarket Co. and God's Love We Deliver is bringing this idea full circle by not only donating a portion of proceeds to charity, but supporting local farmers by using ingredients grown in New York communities." Next week, 10% of each Kabocha Squash Soup sold will be donated to God’s Love We Deliver.

What’s in the soup? Emmer, a regionally grown grain known to Italians as farro. Greenmarket Co. has delivered 250 pounds of emmer to Hale and Hearty on behalf of Cayuga Pure Organics, a farm located in the far north Finger Lakes region of the state. This integral farm to restaurant connection enables broader distribution of local ingredients on the wholesale level. It also means that even if you’re not able to make it to Gramercy Tavern for lunch, you can easily enjoy a locally-sourced bowl of soup at multiple locations around the city—likely there is a Hale and Hearty near your office!

Greenmarket Turkey Buying Guide and Holiday Recipes

November 14, 2012
Posted in Greenmarket | Tagged thanksgiving, TURKEY

Greenmarket’s 2012 Holiday Recipe Packet – delicious market-inspired recipes for your holiday table.

Your guide to locally-raised Thanksgiving gobblers – which Greenmarkets to place an order, buy, and pick up your Thanksgiving bird.

Quattro’s Game Farm
Carmella Quattrociocchi, Farmer
Eastern Breed Wild Turkeys, $8.99/lb
Heritage Bourbon Red Turkeys $8.99/lb
White Broad Breasted Turkeys $4.29/lb

Where to order:
Union Square Greenmarket, Saturdays (Manhattan – 17th St & Union Square West)
or by contacting the farm at 845.635.2018

When:
Orders taken now until sold out

Pick Up:
Saturday, November 17th and Wednesday, November 21st at the Union Square Greenmarket

Arcadian Pastures
Laurent Danthine, Farmer
Geese, $8.95 lb
White Holland Broad Breasted Turkeys $4.95/lb

Where to order:
Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket, Saturdays (Brooklyn – Flatbush & Prospect Park W)
Greenpoint Greenmarket, Saturdays (Brooklyn – Union and Driggs)
Union Square Greenmarket, Wednesdays (Union Square W & 17th St)
or by contacting the farm at 518.339.6076 or online at www.arcadianpastures.com

When:
Orders taken now until sold out

Pick Up:
Saturday, November 17th at the Grand Army Plaza and Greenpoint Greenmarkets, and Wednesday, November 21st at the Union Square Greenmarket

Violet Hill Farms
Paul Dench-Layton, Farmer
Pasture-Raised White Broad Breasted Turkeys
$5.25/lb
Bourbon Red Turkeys $9.00/lb

Where to order:
Union Square Greenmarket, Saturdays (Manhattan – 17th St & Union Square West)
or by contacting the farm at 845.665.3718 or vhmeat@gmail.com or visiting www.violethillfarm.com

When:
Orders taken now until sold out

Pick Up:
Saturday, November 17th or Wednesday, November 21st at the Union Square Greenmarket

Norwich Meadow Farms
Zaid Kurdieh, Farmer
Certified Organic Pasture-Raised
White Double Breasted Turkeys $6/lb

Where to order:
Union Square Greenmarket, Mondays, Fridays & Saturdays (Manhattan – 17th St & Union Square West)
Tompkins Square Greenmarket Sundays (Manhattan – 7th St & Ave A)
Tucker Square Greenmarket Saturdays (66th St & Columbus)
92nd Street Greenmarket (92nd St & 1st Ave)
or by visiting the website: www.norwichmeadowsfarm.com

When:
Orders taken now until sold out

Pick Up:
Monday, November 19th or Wednesday, November 21st at the Union Square Greenmarket

Northshire Farm
Jim Grillo, Farmer
Pasture-Raised White Broad Breasted Turkeys $4.75/lb

Where to order:
Union Square Greenmarket, Saturdays (Manhattan – 17th St & Union Square West), by e-mailing northshirefarm@hotmail.com or through their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/northshirefarm

When:
Orders taken now until sold out

Pick Up:
Wednesday, November 21st at the Union Square Greenmarket

Sawkill Farm
Michael Robertson, Farmer
Broad Breasted White Turkeys $7.50/lb

Where to order:
Columbia Greenmarket, Sundays (Manhattan- Broadway and 115th St),
Jackson Heights Greenmarket, Sundays (Queens- 34th Ave at 77th St),
or by calling 845-594-5927

When:
Orders taken now until sold out

Pick Up:
Sunday, November 18th at Columbia and Jackson Heights Greenmarkets

Tamarack Hollow
Mike Betit, Farmer
Standard Bronze Turkeys $5/lb
Heritage breads (Bourbon Red, Narragansett, and more) $10/lb

Where to order:
Union Square Greenmarket, Wednesdays (Manhattan – 17th St & Union Square West)
Visit website http://www.tamarackhollowfarm.com/
Or call 802-535-1515

When:
Orders taken now until sold out

Pick Up:
Wednesday, November 21st at Union Square Greenmarket

DiPaola Turkey Farms
Art DiPaola, Farmer
White Broad Breasted Turkeys
Whole turkey $3.59 per pound
Bone-In Breast $6.79 per pound

Where to order (whole birds only):
79th Street, Sundays (Manhattan—79th St & Columbus)
97th Street, Fridays (Manhattan – 97th St & Columbus) – market open Wednesday before Thanksgiving for pick-ups
Abingdon Square Greenmarket, Saturdays (W 12th St & 8th Ave)
Brooklyn Borough Hall, Saturdays (Brooklyn – Court & Montague Sts)
Carroll Gardens Greenmarket, Sundays (Brooklyn – Carroll St btw Smith & Court)
Columbia Greenmarket, Sundays (Broadway btw 114th Sts)
Cortelyou Greenmarket, Sundays (Brooklyn – Cortelyou & Rugby Rds)
Forest Hills Greenmarket, Sunday (Queens- South side of Queens Blvd at 70th Avenue)
Fort Greene Greenmarket, Saturdays (Brooklyn – Washington Pk & Dekalb)
Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket, Saturdays (Brooklyn – Flatbush Ave & Prospect Park West)
Greenpoint Greenmarket, Saturdays (Brooklyn – Union btw Driggs & N 12th St)
Inwood Greenmarket, Saturdays (Manhattan – Isham St btw Seaman & Cooper)
Jackson Heights Greenmarket, Sundays (Queens- 34th Ave btw 77th & 78th Sts)
St. George Greenmarket, Saturdays (Staten Island – St Marks & Hyatt St)
Stuyvesant Town Greenmarket, Sundays (Manhattan- 14th St Loop & Ave A—in the oval)
Tompkins Square Park Greenmarket, Sundays (Manhattan- 7th St & Ave A)
Tribeca Greenmarket, Saturdays (Manhattan – Greenwich St & Chambers)
Tucker Square Greenmarket, Saturdays (Manhattan – 66th St & Columbus)
Union Square Greenmarket, Wednesdays & Fridays (Manhattan – 17th St & Union Square West)
or by contacting the farm at 609.587.9311 or at www.dipaolaturkeyfarm.com

When:
Orders taken now until sold out

Pick Up:
Any market you ordered from

Interested in learning more about heritage breed turkeys? Visit heritageturkeyfoundation.org

Hurricane Sandy Relief - Donate-A-Bag

November 7, 2012
Posted in Greenmarket

Donate a bag of market produce to help feed hungry New Yorkers. Donate-A-Bag opportunities are available at the below Greenmarkets through the month of December. Help feed hungry New Yorkers affected by Hurricane Sandy by purchasing an extra bag of produce while you shop and bring it to the Market Information Tent to make a direct donation to a kitchen that is serving hot meals to those in need. So far, Greenmarket customers are donating harvest season items in record numbers in response to the immense need for hunger relief that Sandy created, over 25,000 pounds have found their way to community kitchens, churches, shelters, food pantries and others serving victims of the storm. Volunteers Needed!  We need volunteers to assist with collections for our Donate-A-Bag program. Volunteers will help promote Donate-A-Bag throughout the market and collect items as they get donated. If interested, please email Liz Carollo directly at lcarollo@grownyc.org and specify which market you are interested in. DONATE-A-BAG SCHEDULE Wednesdays, thru December (8am-1pm) Union Square Greenmarket  Saturdays, thru December (8am-1pm) Manhattan Greenmarkets Union Square Greenmarket Brooklyn Greenmarkets Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket McCarren Park Greenmarket Fort Greene Greenmarket 

Compost/Textile Recycling Updates

November 6, 2012
Posted in Greenmarket

Does your local Greenmarket feature food scrap collection or textile recycling--or both? Find out below, and see what sites are closed for the season or suspended due to the holidays.

BOROUGH GREENMARKET ACCEPTING TEXTILES? ACCEPTING FOOD SCRAPS?
Brooklyn Bay Ridge Greenmarket 3rd Ave & 95th St NO Collection completed for 2012 season
Brooklyn Brooklyn Borough Hall Greenmarket Court & Montague YES - Saturdays, 8am-4:30pm YES - Saturdays, 8am-4pm
Brooklyn Carroll Gardens Greenmarket Carroll St b/t Smith & Court YES - Sundays, 8am-2:30pm YES - Sundays, 8am-1pm
Brooklyn Cortelyou Greenmarket b/t Argyle & Rugby Rds YES - Sundays, 8am-3pm YES - Sundays, 8am-1pm
Brooklyn Ft. Greene Greenmarket Washington Park at DeKalb YES - Saturdays, 8am-3pm YES - Saturdays, 8am-3pm
Brooklyn Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket NW corner of Prospect Park YES - Saturdays, 8am-4pm YES - Saturdays, 8am-3:30pm
Brooklyn McCarren Park Greenmarket Union Ave and Driggs YES - Saturdays, 8am-2pm YES - Saturdays, 8am-2pm
Brooklyn Sunset Park Greenmarket 4th Ave b/t 59th & 60th Sts NO Collection completed for 2012 season
Brooklyn Windsor Terrace - PS 154 Greenmarket PS 154, 11th Ave b/t Sherman & Windsor Pl NO Collection completed for 2012 season
Manhattan 57th St Greenmarket 57th St & 9th Ave YES - Saturdays, 8am-12:30pm thru Dec 22, 2012 YES - Saturdays, 8am-1pm thru Dec 22, 2012
Manhattan 79th St Greenmarket 79th & Columbus NO YES - Sundays, 9am-1pm
Manhattan 82nd St Greenmarket 82nd St b/t 1st & York YES - Saturdays, 9am-2pm YES - Saturdays, 9am-1pm
Manhattan 92nd Street Greenmarket 92nd St & 1st Ave NO YES - Sundays, 9am-1pm thru Dec 23, 2012
Manhattan 97th St Greenmarket W 97th & Columbus YES - Fridays, 8am-2pm NO
Manhattan Abingdon Square Greenmarket W12th St & 8th Ave YES - Saturdays, 8am-1pm YES - Saturdays, 8am-1pm
Manhattan Columbia University Greenmarket Broadway b/t 114th & 115th Sts YES - Sundays, 8am-3pm YES - Sundays, 8am-1pm
Manhattan Dag Hammarskjold Plaza Greenmarket E 47th St & 2nd Ave YES - Wednesdays, 8am-3pm NO
Manhattan Inwood Greenmarket Isham b/t Seaman & Cooper YES - Saturdays, 8am-3pm YES - Saturdays, 8am-12pm
Manhattan Tompkins Square Greenmarket E 7th St & Ave A YES - Sundays, 8am-4pm YES - Sundays, 8am-1pm
Manhattan Tribeca Greenmarket Greenwich St at Chambers YES - Saturdays, 8am-1:30pm YES - Saturdays, 8am-1pm
Manhattan Tucker Square Greenmarket 66th St & Columbus Ave NO YES - Saturdays, 8am-1pm
Manhattan Union Square Greenmarket YES - Saturdays and Mondays, 8am-4pm suspended Mon 12/24 & 12/31 YES - Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat, 8am-5pm
Queens Jackson Heights Greenmarket 34th Ave b/t 77 & 78 Sts YES - Sundays, 8am-2pm YES - Sundays, 9am-12pm
Queens Socrates Sculpture Park Greenmarket Vernon and Broadway NO Collection completed for 2012 season
Queens Sunnyside Greenmarket Skillman Ave b/t 42 & 43 St NO YES - Saturdays, 9am-12pm thru Dec 22, 2012
Staten Island St. George Greenmarket St. Marks & Hyatt St Collection completed for 2012 season Collection completed for 2012 season
Staten Island Staten Island Mall Greenmarket Richmond Ave entrance (Parking Lot) Collection completed for 2012 season Collection completed for 2012 season

The Gift of Good Rye

October 8, 2012
Posted in Greenmarket | Tagged Grains

Lovers of rye, unite! For those who think rye is just for monster pastrami sandwiches served to tourists at Carnegie Deli, think again. The versatile whole grain played the starring role in every dish of a dinner served in late September as part of the ongoing Rye Bread Project. The project was co-founded by Copenhagen-based chef and regional farming advocate Trine Hahnemann, and is part of a larger movement to reintroduce heritage rye grains to the northeastern U.S. It kicked off two years ago with a similar feast of traditional Nordic, rye-infused recipes. This time around, though, a significant new development was cause for celebration: the generous donation of 24 varieties of heritage rye seeds by the Norwegian-based Svalbard Global Seed Vault - a feat that took Trine these interim two years to accomplish. In the ceremonial capstone of the evening, Trine handed Greenmarket's Regional Grains Director June Russell a burlap satchel containing a symbolic handful of the seeds, grown by Danish farmers, which create a grain superior to the cover crop rye used in the U.S. A much larger donation of these seeds is en route to Agronomist Elizabeth Dyck of OGRIN, who will then distribute them to farmers in the region who will plant them as the beginning of a long-term testing process. What better way to celebrate the symbolic re-introduction of rye to our region than devouring it in a succulent array of forms! The lavish feast was hosted by New Amsterdam Market, and served to some of rye’s most devoted advocates in the market’s historic office at the South Street Seaport. Using local ingredients, Trine transformed the extraordinarily nutritious grain into rye flakes for a cauliflower gratin, pastry for a kale-pine nut tart, the nutty cooked whole grain in a butternut squash salad, and the crumble in a traditional Danish apple dessert featuring layers of homemade applesauce and whipped cream. Completing the table was of course the bread: Trine’s delectable rye focaccia, and the beloved Finnish Ruis bread -- a 100% whole grain, flat, round loaf that has been a fixture of Finnish life since time immemorial -- baked by Simo Kuusisto of Nordic Breads. June Russell, one of several speakers at the event, talked about how far the regional grain movement has come in spurring farmers to once again grow crops like heritage wheat, emmer and spelt -- mainstays in the region during pre-industrial days -- thanks to a growing market for these crops among chefs, bakers, millers, malters, and other grain-focused enterprises. Inexplicably, rye has lagged behind these other crops in the grain resurgence. Until now. With the continued success of the Regional Grains Project, the Rye Bread Project, and other exciting efforts promoting the regional food system, we can expect lots more meals like this in New York’s culinary future!

Into the Night: Presenting the Harlem Pop-Up Greenmarket

October 3, 2012
Posted in Greenmarket

We're proud to announce the Harlem Pop-Up Greenmarket, New York City’s first nighttime farmers market! The market will take place on Thursday, October 11th from 4pm to 9pm at W. 117th St. and Frederick Douglass Blvd., and is brought to you by GrowNYC, the Frederick Douglas Boulevard Alliance, and Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer. Fresh and local fruits, vegetables, cheese, wine, flowers, baked goods, and prepared foods from neighborhood restaurants. Visitors will also enjoy live music, refreshments, and a pumpkin patch. Cash, credit/debit, EBT/SNAP benefits accepted. EBT/SNAP benefit customers will receive an extra $2 Health Buck voucher for every $5 spent. Harlem Pop-Up Greenmarket Thursday, October 11, 4 – 9 p.m. W. 117th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard [map] (on the same site as the Treasure Chest Flea Market)

Greenmarket Producers:

King Ferry Winery – Wine by the glass from Cayuga County, New York Valley Shepherd Creamery – Sheep’s milk cheese, yogurt and gelato from Morris County, New Jersey Hot Bread Kitchen – Multi-ethnic artisan breads and tortillas from New York County, New York Breezy Hill Orchard – Pears, apples, cider and baked goods from Dutchess County, New York Glebocki Farm – Vegetables from Orange County, New York Ronnybrook Dairy Farm – Milk, yogurt, butter and ice cream from Columbia County, New York Nolasco’s Farm – Vegetables, Mexican specialty produce and herbs from Warren County, New Jersey Andrew’s Local Honey – Honey and honey products from Fairfield County, Connecticut Pumpkin Patch sale provided by Nolasco’s Farm.

Harlem Establishments Providing Prepared Foods and Flowers:

Franz James Floral Harlem Shambles Lido 5 and Diamond Harlem Tavern Zoma

Pop Up Greenmarket hosted by Tishman Speyer on Hudson St 9/18 to 9/20

September 17, 2012
Posted in Greenmarket

As part of World Green Building Week 2012, Greenmarket and Tishman Speyer will open a pop-up Greenmarket this Tuesday, September 18th, through Thursday, September 20th at 375 Hudson Street in downtown Manhattan. The 3-day market will be home to regionally grown fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs, flowers and baked goods. Access is free and open to the public. One Week Only! Hudson & West Houston St, Manhattan 8am - 5pm Tuesday, September 18 Wednesday, September 19 Thursday, September 20

Farms Attending

Tuesday Migliorelli Farm Vegetables and orchard fruit from Dutchess County, NY Red Jacket Orchards Orchard and small fruit, juices, and preserves from Ontario County, NY Nordic Breads Whole grain rye bread from New York, NY Millport Dairy Cheddar cheese, eggs and meat from Lancaster County, PA Wednesday Migliorelli Farm Vegetables and orchard fruit from Dutchess County, NY Red Jacket Orchards Orchard and small fruit, juices, and preserves from Ontario County, NY Nordic Breads Whole grain rye bread from New York, NY Millport Dairy Cheddar cheese, eggs and meat from Lancaster County, PA Paumanok Vineyards Wine from Suffolk County, NY Katchkie Farm Certified Organic vegetables and value added products from Columbia County, NY Binder Farm Plants from Suffolk County, NY Thursday Red Jacket Orchards Orchard and small fruit, juices, and preserves from Ontario County, NY Nordic Breads Whole grain rye bread from New York, NY Millport Dairy Cheddar cheese, eggs and meat from Lancaster County, PA Paumanok Vineyards Wine from Suffolk County, NY Beth’s Farm Kitchen Jams, preserves, chutneys, and pickled vegetables from Columbia County, NY  

Tompkins Square Greenmarket Iron Chef: Veselka Bowery Vs. Hearth Restaurant

August 27, 2012
Posted in Greenmarket

Come see two culinary cornerstones of the East Village in the hot seat at Tompkins Square Greenmarket on September 9th, as Veselka Bowery and Hearth Restaurant / Terroir Wine Bar face off to claim the title of Iron Chef. Each chef will have just an hour to transform a "mystery basket" of market ingredients into a delicious dish.  Traven Rice of The Lo-Down blog and an esteemed panel of judges will crown a winner, and limited samples will be available to the public. Sunday, Sept 9 1-4pm Tompkins Square Greenmarket 7th St at Avenue A Veselka Bowery is an East Village institution, begun in 1954 as a small candy store and newsstand and quickly taking over the neighboring steak luncheonette. It began with a small following of people looking for inexpensive homemade authentic Eastern European food in an underground atmosphere and today offers an extensive menu that features homemade Ukrainian foods along with traditional American diner fare and an eclectic mix of daily specials. http://www.veselka.com/bowery/ Hearth Restaurant & Terroir Wine Bar are both located in Manhattan's East Village. Their food is rooted in the modern traditions of the American kitchen with influences from their Italian heritage. Most important to Hearth is their expression of hospitality. The hearth is the home and they take this sentiment to heart, aspiring in all manner of ways to exceed expectations.  http://www.restauranthearth.com/

Summer Reading: Increase in Farmers Markets in NY

August 24, 2012
Posted in Greenmarket

On August 11, we welcomed the Comptroller, his colleagues and partners from across the state and city to Union Square to take a tour of our flagship market, and announce the release of the report.

As summer reached its peak with tomatoes and corn in abundance at the market, New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli released a new report announcing the proliferation of farmers markets in New York City and across the state. Since 2000, the number of farmers markets in New York State has more than doubled, and GrowNYC’s Greenmarkets account for 54 of the 138 farmers markets located across the city’s five boroughs.

As the report notes, "Farmers' markets have become increasingly important for sustaining regional farms," and through programs like EBT, Health Bucks, and the Farmers Market Nutrition Program, farmers markets are accessible and affordable for all New Yorkers. Best of all, the revenue that is generated goes directly back into the regional economy.

Read the rest of the report.

Greenmarket Youth Education Sandwich Smackdown Sept. 8th

August 17, 2012

Get ready for the inaugural Greenmarket Sandwich Smackdown! This fun, kid-friendly event hosted by the Greenmarket Youth Education Project, will take place on Saturday, September 8th at the Union Square Greenmarket, and will be an opportunity for kids ages 6 to 14 years old to show off their sandwich making skills and love for local food! Teams of kids and adults will be working together to shop for local ingredients at the Union Square Greenmarket to create the ultimate market-inspired snack. Kids and adults interested in forming a team to represent an organization, company or individual group can sign up here. View the flyer:

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