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.

Spring 2018 Garden Builds with GrowNYC's Garden Program

June 4, 2018
Posted in Community Gardens

This spring, GrowNYC's garden program has been busy doing what we do best: building new gardens! 

We've started work on 6 new community gardens in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens, including four sites in close partnership with NYC Parks Green Thumb

 

Garden @ NYCHA's Melrose Houses and Bronxworks' Classics Center   
Melrose, Bronx
3,600 square feet

 

Eternal Life Community Garden
Morris Heights, Bronx
3,600 square feet

Eternal Life Community Garden

 

Georgia Avenue Community Garden
Brownsville/East New York, Brooklyn
1,961 square feet

Georgia Avenue Community Garden

 

Good Life Garden
Bushwick
13,500 square feet

 

Corona Taxpayers Association Garden
Corona, Queens
6,600 square feet

 

NYCHA Bay View Houses Garden #2
Far Rockaway, Queens
2,500 square feet

NYCHA Bay View Houses Garden #2

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.

3 GrowNYC Staff Named to Hunter College New York City Food Policy Center's '40 Under 40' 2018 List

May 30, 2018

We are so thrilled for GrowNYCers Jessica Douglas, Rishma Lucknauth, and Jerome Nathaniel, who were recently named “rising stars” in New York City Food Policy by Hunter College. The list recognizes individuals “who are working to transform the food system.” Here’s a snippet from their profiles:

Jessica: “My real education in food policy began 11 years ago when I began working for Greenmarket as a Market Manager. I now oversee logistics and operations for all 51 Greenmarkets throughout the five boroughs.”

Rishma: “I’ve always wanted to be a fisherman, but my seasickness wouldn’t allow that dream to manifest. Instead, I support our local fishermen (and women) who brave the high seas to bring fresh seafood to Greenmarket every week—they’re better at it than I could ever be.”

Jerome: “I … gained professional experience in the food justice world when I worked for Foodlink in Rochester as their SNAP Outreach Coordinator. It was during those three years that my passion for food justice was solidified.”

Jessica, Rishma, and Jerome will be honored at an event taking place on June 7th, 2018.

Click here to read the full interviews, and check out the other honorees working to make NYC a healthier and more sustainable place!

GrowNYC's 2017 Annual Report

February 15, 2018

We're proud to announce that our 2017 Annual Report is here

Highlights from 2017 include:

  • We renovated more than 30 community gardens throughout the year, and built our 100th new garden!
  • We launched Compost on the Go, 18 new food scrap collection sites conveniently located near mass transit in uptown Manhattan and the Bronx.
  • We gave mini-grants of $500-2,000 to 78 schools to build or expand their school gardens, and hosted 12 giveaways of seeds, plants, and tools.
  • FARMroots' Beginning Farmer Program helped start six new farm businesses, and graduated 21 participants from its Farm Beginnings training course.
  • Recycling Champions engaged in waste reduction education and outreach at 97 schools, engaging 50,000 students and faculty at more than 2,000 events.

And there's so much more! Read the report to see all we've done in the past year, and make sure to share with friends!

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.

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

 

Fighting Food and Clothing Waste - 15 Million Pounds and Counting!

December 15, 2017

15 Million Lbs 2017

(click photo to view slideshow)

As the curtain closes on 2017, we mark TWO milestones for GrowNYC’s zero waste programs.   We are thrilled to announce; thanks to YOU we have collected more than 10 million pounds of food scraps at our Greenmarkets!

There’s more! YOU have helped keep 5 million pounds of clothing and textiles from going to landfills by dropping them at collection sites hosted by GrowNYC. 

Thanks to your participation that’s 7,500 tons of material repurposed to build soil, create renewable energy, or live a second life as usable clothing, rags, or recycled fiber products!   

What started as 6 Greenmarkets in 2011 has grown to 42 food scrap drop-off locations at GrowNYC’s Greenmarkets, Youthmarkets, and Fresh Food Box sites throughout the City! Not to mention the 18 new Compost On-The-Go locations near mass transit in Northern Manhattan and the Bronx.  Hats off to you and your fellow dedicated New Yorkers who save, store, and transport their scraps each week. 

New Yorkers are equally dedicated to style, and demand for clothing collections continues.  What began as “Material Mondays” at Union Square Greenmarket is now a network of 27 markets accepting clothing each week through our partner, Wearable Collections.  Every shirt, suit, and pair of shoes collected helps chip away at the 193,000 tons of textile waste New Yorkers send to landfill each year – 5 MILLION POUNDS AND COUNTING!

Food scraps and textiles comprise nearly one-quarter of NYC’s residential discards.  Thanks to you, these efforts are one successful component of getting NYC to zero waste.     

Find a clothing collection or food scrap drop-off near you. 

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GrowNYC’s zero waste programs are funded by the NYC Department of Sanitation.

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 

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