Handy tips for a sustainable holiday

December 1, 2016
Posted in Recycling

Making a list of how to green your holidays? Here are some of our favorite tips and events to cure the post-holiday blues.

Green Your Holidays

Sending cards?

Try e-cards or look for greetings made with recycled content (the more post-consumer content, the better). Include a note with your cards that they can be donated for reuse by sending to St. Judes Ranch for Children, where they will be repurposed into greetings for 2017. Other types of occasions are needed as well, so save those December birthday cards!

Giving gifts?

Show some style when shopping by bringing your own reusable bags. Choose minimally-packaged items made with recycled content and give items that will be treasured, not thrown out before the next holiday season. Consider giving experiences, homemade and vintage gifts. Find new joy in old favorites that are broken or need refreshing with Pop Up Repair. Get hundreds of toy-free gift ideas for a more meaningful holiday here and here. Remember to wrap it recyclable by using old newspaper, paper gift wrap, paper gift bags or reusable bags and containers that keep on giving all year. 

Preparing a holiday meal?

Look for items in recyclable packaging and buy minimally- or non-packaged fresh produce, like that from Greenmarket. Composting your vegetable trimmings is made easy with collections at select Greenmarkets and other drop-off sites. Prevent waste by making small changes such as using recyclable aluminum foil rather than plastic wrap for food storage. Serve your masterpiece on reusable plates and offer guests reusable flatware, glassware and napkins.

Stuck with clean up duties?

Wrapping paper, gift boxes, cardboard and other paper packaging can go out with other paper recycling (remove tape, ribbons and other decorations).  Eggnog cartons, wine bottles, olive containers, cookie tins and hard-to-open rigid plastic packaging are easy to recycle alongside the rest of your metal, glass, plastic and cartons.  If your collection day falls on Christmas and New Year's Day, here's when to set out recycling, garbage and organics (if participating).  Block Styrofoam and foam peanut packaging are not recyclable, but alternative paper packaging can be included in your recycling pile.  Styrofoam peanuts can be reused at select shipping centers and Manhattan Mailroom locations, and cornstarch peanuts can be composted.  For those so inclined, even corks can be recycled—find drop-sites here

Too many leftovers?

Check the shelf life of open and unopened food and get storage tips to make the most of food and create less waste at stilltasty.com

Post-Holiday Recycling Events to Cure the Winter Blues

Recycle Your Tree.

If you're putting up a real tree for the holidays, plan to chip in at MulchFest on January 7 & 8!  Trees (cleaned of stands, lights, tinsel and ornaments) will be collected and recycled into mulch for NYC parks at designated sites. Bring your own bag to select sites and take home mulch for your yard, garden or street tree. Find citywide drop-off sites and mulch pick-up locations here. If you miss MulchFest, the city will pick up trees (also stripped of ornaments, etc) curbside from January 3-14, barring any snow disruptions.

Recycle Unwanted Electronics.

When upgrading or unloading electronics, the curb is longer a disposal option.  Find recycling resources here and check in with the Lower East Side Ecology Center, which runs the Gowanus E-Waste Warehouse in Brooklyn and hosts "After the Holidays" e-waste collections in all five boroughs.

Loosen Your Drawers.

Clear out ill-fitting, outdated and otherwise unwanted clothing, shoes, and linens and bring them to one of GrowNYC's weekly collections for reusable clothing and other textiles.

Swap Your Stuff.

GrowNYC's Stop 'N' Swap® is the ultimate re-gifting party. Bring reusable items to share (portable items only) or simply bring a tote bag or two to take home things you can put to reuse. Unstuff your home at one of 4 swaps in Decmeber, or find winter swap dates and locations at GrowNYC.org/swap.

 

From all of us at GrowNYC, thank you for helping green our city by taking our "recycling challenge" at community events, volunteering to help collect recyclables at public events, dropping off clothing and food scraps at our Greenmarkets, attending our Stop 'N' Swaps, and more throughout 2016. We look forward to seeing you out at many of the great recycling events that will kick off a sustainable 2017. Happy Holidays!

For more tips on keeping your holidays green and merry, visit the NYC ZeroWaste page.

Curl a Rutabaga in Union Square!

November 10, 2016
Posted in Greenmarket | Tagged greenmarket

Join us for Greenmarket's First Annual Rutabaga Curling Competition! 

Union Square Greenmarket 
Union Square Park - North End 
Friday, December 9th
12pm - 3pm

This event is during the Union Square Friday Greenmarket and is free and open to the public for attending, viewing & cheering.

Sign up for the VIEWER - Rutabaga Curling Competition ticket if you want to attend but not participate. 
Sign up for the PARTICIPANT - Rutabaga Curling Competition ticket to enter in as a contestant (also free, but only 20 spots!). 

Attendee and Participant Tickets Here!
 

PARTICIPANT INFO

The court is approximately 55' long, 8' wide, lined with wooden planks and ends with one big circular target. Contestants are divided into sections (three players per section). The top finisher in each section qualifies for Round Two and the top finishers from that round qualify for the Championship Round. The top two contestants in the championship round are awarded gold and silver, along with a small prize from the market and, of course, eternal bragging rights. Each contestant gets one roll per round. Once a rutabaga has been thrown it shall lay on the field of play until all other contestants in that section have rolled. Thrown rutabagas are subject to being knocked by subsequent rolls. 

Participants can BYOR (Bring Your Own Rutabaga), but we will also have some available for use. 

Participation is free, but if you sign up you as a participant you are commited so please be there! 

Questions? Contact Liz at lcarollo@grownyc.org

Greenmarket Holiday Schedule Changes

November 9, 2016
Posted in Greenmarket | Tagged greenmarket, holiday

Due to the upcoming Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years holidays, there are several changes to the Greenmarket schedule. 

If a market is CLOSED, there will be no food scrap collections and/or textile recycling. 


Christmas Week Schedule Changes

Saturday, December 24:
All Saturday markets open, but NO TEXTILE COLLECTIONS
Union Square Greenmarket open, but closing at 3pm and no textile collections (food scrap collections open 8am-4pm)
Sunnyside Greenmarket open, but no food scrap or clothing collections
Inwood Greenmarket open, but no food scrap or textile collections 

Sunday, December 25:
All Sunday markets closed. 

Monday, December 26:
Union Square Greenmarket closed. 

New Years Schedule Changes

Saturday, December 31:
All Saturday markets open, but NO TEXTILE COLLECTIONS

Sunday, January 1:
All Sunday markets closed. 

Donate A Bag this Thanksgiving

November 8, 2016
Posted in Greenmarket

Greenmarket is partnering with City Harvest, Food Bank for New York City and other local food rescue organizations to help feed New York City's hungry men, women, and children this Thanksgiving. 

At the markets listed below, buy an extra bag of fresh produce while you shop and donate it at the Market Information tent. 

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! 


Friday, November 18th
Union Square Greenmarket

Saturday, November 19th 
Union Square Greenmarket 
Ft. Greene Greenmarket
Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket
Abingdon Square Greenmarket
Tribeca Greenmarket

Sunday, November 20th
79th Street Greenmarket 

Tuesday, November 22nd
St. Mark's Church Greenmarket

Wednesday, November 23rd
Dag Hammarskjold Greenmarket
CIty Hall Greenmarket 
 

 

 

Turkey Buying Guide 2016

October 31, 2016
Posted in Greenmarket | Tagged TURKEY, thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is just around the corner—November 24th, to be exact—and turkey orders are already filling fast! Find out below what local farms are bringing pasture-raised Thanksgiving turkeys to your neighborhood Greenmarket.

Dipaola Turkey

Breed: Broad Breasted White (parts and sausage also available)
Where to order: Online at www.dipaolaturkeyfarm.com/special-orders/
Where to pick up: 

79th Street Sunday, 11/20
97th Street Friday, 11/23 

Abingdon Square Saturday, 11/19
Brooklyn Borough Hall Saturday, 11/19
Carroll Gardens Sunday, 11/20
Columbia Sunday, 11/20
Cortelyou Sunday, 11/20
Forest Hills, 11/20
Fort Greene Saturday, 11/19
Grand Army Plaza Saturday, 11/19 

Greenpoint Saturday, 11/19
Inwood Saturday, 11/19
Jackson Heights Sunday, 11/20
St. George Saturday, 11/19
Stuyvesant Town Sunday, 11/20
Tribeca Saturday, 11/19
Union Square Wednesday, 11/23

† Market open Wednesday before Thanksgiving for pick-ups.

Quattros Game Farm

Breeds: New Holland White, Bourbon Red, Wild 
Where and how to order: Union Square Greenmarket Saturdays or call the farm store at 845.635.2018
Where and when to pick up: Union Square Greenmarket on Saturday, 11/19 or Wednesday, 11/23
www.quattrosfarm.com

Roxbury Mountain Maple 

Breeds: Dutch Broad Breasted White 
Where and how to order: Union Square Greenmarket Monday and Wednesday or Columbia Greenamarket Thursday, via their website or call the farm store at 607.422.0059
Where and when to pick up: Union Square Greenmarket on Monday, 11/21, Union Square Greenmarket Wednesday, 11/23 or Columbia Greenmarket Tuesday, 11/22
www.roxburymountainmaple.com
† Columbia University Market open Tuesday before Thanksgiving for pick-ups.

Tamarack Hollow Farm

Breeds: Broad Breasted Bronze, Bourbon Red
Where and how to order: Union Square Greenmarket Wednesdays or by emailing tamarackhollowfarm@gmail.com
Where and when to pick up: Union Square Greenmarket on Wednesday, 11/23
tamarackhollowfarm.com/thanksgiving-turkey

Violet Hill Farm

Breed: Broad Breasted White & Black
Where and how to order: Union Square Greenmarket Saturdays, McCarren Park/Greenpoint Saturdays, or online at www.violethillfarm.com/turkey-2016
Where and when to pick up: Union Square Greenmarket or McCarren Park/Greenpoint Greenmarket on Saturday, 11/19 or Union Square Greenmarket Wednesday, 11/23
www.violethillfarm.com

Countdown to Project Farmhouse!

September 28, 2016
Posted in GrowNYC

Scheduled to open doors in November, Project Farmhouse is GrowNYC’s new sustainability and education center. We envision a place where New Yorkers of all stripes can get closer, to our food, to the land and to our neighbors.  Project Farmhouse will serve as a classroom for cultivation—of ideas, and relationships, of our city.  A broad, dynamic range of programming will get hands dirty, plant ideas and foster healthier, greener decisions and actions.

In our state-of-the-art flex space, complete with an education kitchen and multi-media classroom, a new farmer will take a course that will help them establish their own farms in NYS.

Young people will chop, cook and eat eggplant, tomatoes and other produce from our region as they learn to "eat your colors" for good health by choosing what's in season and locally available.

Community gardeners can learn about how to install a rainwater harvesting system in their garden to conserve water and prevent pollution.

Project Farmhouse is a space for everyone!

Project Farmhouse is supported by the following generous donors: 

Sustainer $100,000 +:
Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer 


 

Patron $50,000 - $99,999:
David Tisch

Benefactor $25,000 - $49,999:

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Sponsor $10,000 - $24,999:

Anna Chapman - Breville USA - BAND Foundation - City Hydroponics - Escape Maker - Lani's Farms - Liz Neumark - New York City Council Member Rosie Mendez - New York Community Trust (Colin Gardner Fund) - New York Community Trust (Himmelberg Fund) - NYCitySlab - Ohrstrom Foundation - Pratt Industries - Sweetgreen 

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Supporter $5,000 - $9,999:
The Caliban Foundation - The Chester Kitchings Family Foundation - Jo-Ann Makovitzky - Robert J. Kafin - Eugene Schneur - One Five Hospitality - Charles Ramat - Katherine & Nick Scharlatt 

Friend $250 to $4,999:
Amy Bell - Marian Bach - Jordan Barowitz - Ned W. Bandler - Bridgewood Fieldwater Foundation - Thea Charles - Vicki Contino - Erica & Anand Desai - Wendy Ettinger - Everard Findlay - Mary E Geisser - Interbrand - Interior Design Media Group - Barbara Janowitz -  JetBlue - David Littefield - Karen E. Meara - Ruth Reochl - Stella Strombolis - Nancy Wolf - Ninth Avenue Association of NY

Governor Announces Greenmarket Food Hub

August 12, 2016
Posted in Greenmarket

This week, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced New York State's investment of $15 million in the construction of a new Greenmarket Regional Food Hub in the Bronx.  

The hub, which will be used by GrowNYC's Greenmarket Co. program, will be a state-of-the-art 120,000 square foot facility that will greatly increase New Yorkers' access to the freshest, most nutritious locally grown food the region has to offer.

From the press release:

The Greenmarket Regional Food Hub will be located in the Hunts Point neighborhood in the Bronx and will include a wholesale farmers’ market, a cold storage facility for farmers, a food-processing center and other infrastructure to support local food businesses. The new food hub will work with a range of small- and mid-sized farms, providing unprecedented access to New York City’s wholesale marketplace. The processing facility will also assist Upstate producers and processors in targeting institutional and private sector procurement opportunities. In addition, the food hub will facilitate the expansion of farmers’ markets and youth markets in underserved communities.

GrowNYC Launches Oh SNAP! Campaign

July 15, 2016

 

On Monday, July 11, we launched the “Oh SNAP!” (#ohsnapnyc) educational campaign with a live mural painting on one of our Greenmarket, Co. deilvery trucks by artist, Queen Andrea, at the Union Square Greenmarket. The “Oh SNAP!” campaign was designed to draw attention to the fact that GrowNYC’s network of Greenmarket farmers’ markets accepts electronic benefits cards (EBT) and shoppers can use their SNAP benefits at these markets to purchase farm-fresh produce from the region’s mid-sized family farmers.

Greenmarket pioneered the acceptance of EBT cards at farmers markets in 2005 and became the model for farmers’ markets across the country. Every Greenmarket accepts EBT and last year almost $1 million in SNAP benefits were processed. While SNAP sales at Greenmarket are impressive, they represent only a tiny fraction of the $3 billion dollars spent in SNAP benefits in New York City each year. GrowNYC wants all New Yorkers to know they can use their SNAP benefits at their neighborhood farmers market to purchase fresh and healthy local produce to feed their families and the “Oh SNAP!’ campaign will help get the word out in a fun and engaging way. As an added bonus, the NYC Department of Health's Health Bucks are available year-round for the first time giving families shopping with SNAP an extra $2 to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables for every $5 they spend.  

The “Oh SNAP!” campaign was conceived pro bono by global marketing firm Edelman, designed by artist Queen Andrea and is based on the colorful and lively street art characteristic of New York City. The campaign engages viewers while promoting a positive message of healthy eating with SNAP benefits. The artwork can be found all over the city: on subways, buses, in local newspapers and on public painted murals by local artists throughout the five boroughs. The campaign was made possible through a grant from the USDA Food & Nutrition Service. Check out more pictures of the live mural painting here

 

4 New Gardens Bloom in NYC

July 5, 2016
Posted in Community Gardens

GrowNYC's garden program has had a busy first half of 2016! 

Among other things, we've built four new community gardens, totaling 40,000 square feet of new open space.  Here's the skinny:

 

Windmill Community Garden

Windmill Community Garden
A vacant lot in Long Island City - who would have thought? We worked with a great neighborhood association and adjacent school on building out this 2,500 square foot space with raised beds, a shed, and, you guessed it, a windmill!  Lots more to come from this space in the 2nd half of 2016.
 

 

400 Montauk Avenue Community Garden

400 Montauk Community Garden
An existing garden in East New York, Brooklyn that had been extinct for several years, we started the year with a rubble-filled lot and, a few weeks later, had a total renewal - 20 new raised beds, picnic tables and garden benches, and more!  

 

Warwick Street Community Garden

Warwick Street Community Garden
Another extinct community garden in East New York that we worked with a host of community partners on identifying, organizing, designing, and building a new garden on a completely vacant space.  Now features raised beds, picnic tables, a shed, and, most importantly, plants! More info

 

United We Stand Community Garden

United We Stand Community Garden
4 contiguous community gardens flourished for 30 years until they were decimated by fire in the Winter of 2014.  Flash forward to this February, and we'd worked with the garden groups and the Parks Department to tear all the internal garden fences down, clear the entire site, and start working on a design for 1 large united community garden that spans an entire block between 137th and 138th Streets in the South Bronx.  

Halfway through 2016, we've built 50 raised beds, a dozen picnic tables, a new shed, and a pathway linking the two streets.  We can't wait to put the finishing touches on the garden this summer!  

Volunteer Profile: Jonathan Kong

July 4, 2016
Posted in Community Gardens

Volunteers are a major source of strength for nonprofits and GrowNYC is fortunate to have the time, effort and talents of so many dedicated New Yorkers. Whether they are corporate groups giving back to the community by helping with a garden build for a neighborhood or school or a single individual who feels passionate about what GrowNYC does, we are extremely grateful.  Want to volunteer with GrowNYC?

Jonathan Kong started volunteering with GrowNYC in 2014, quickly establishing himself as a tireless worker and enthusiastic supporter of all things GrowNYC.  But in 2016, Jonathan has taken things to a new level: Creating and undertaking The Greenmarket Challenge: a quest to volunteer at all 54 Greenmarket farmers markets in 1 year.  

We spoke with Jonathan what inspires him, which Greenmarket is his favorite, and much more:
 

How long have you been volunteering with GrowNYC?

This is my third year.

What is it about GrowNYC that inspires you to work with us?

I really like the environment, working outdoors, getting to interact with the public, doing hands-on activities such as the cooking demos, and learning something new about myself everyday.

Favorite activity when volunteering?

Cooking demos are always fun to do because I get to see the actual ingredients I'm using and use them with the recipe. Outreach is great since I get to see the diversity of people who live in different neighborhoods.

How many different Greenmarket locations have you volunteered at?

So far about 30, but I plan to volunteer at all of them by the end of this year.

Do you have a favorite Greenmarket?

I like Union Square a lot because there's a lot of different activities going on down there and it's really easy to get to. I also have favorite markets for each region: Forest Hills for Queens, Columbia for Upper Manhattan, Tompkins for Lower Manhattan, Fort Greene for Brooklyn, and Parkchester for Bronx.

Favorite fruit and/or vegetable?

I tend to go for tropical fruits like mangos, pineapples and coconuts, but they don't sell them at the markets.

What would you tell someone who was considering volunteering with GrowNYC?

Volunteering with GrowNYC will help you improve your social skills, build confidence in yourself, and feel comfortable working with other people.                                                                                                                         

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