Cider Village at Union Square Greenmarket

October 9, 2023

Celebrate New York Cider at Union Square Greenmarket Cider Village! 

Union Square Greenmarket Cider Village 
Union Square West & 15th Street     
Friday, October 27, 2023
10AM-5PM

Now four years in the running, this year's annual Cider Village event is sure to impress! For one day only, cidermakers from across New York will join our market line-up on Friday, October 27 from 10am-5pm to peddle their fruity and funky libations.

Along the way, you’ll meet (and taste!) some rare apples varieties from the Hudson Valley Apple Project and get to see in real time how apples get mashed and pressed for cider. Big bonus: Kitchen Arts and Letters (@kalnyc) will be on the scene from 11AM-1PM with William Mullan (@pomme_william) and his book, Odd Apples! The book is a visual masterpiece documenting the wide, weird, and wonderful world of apples. If you haven’t had a chance to get your copy, now is the time!

So grab a friend, a lover, a family member and come on down to the Cider Village! Pick up a bottle you’ve never tried before, grab another bottle for a holiday gift, and learn something new!

This year's cidery line-up includes:

🍎 Metal House Cider @metalhousecider
🍎 East Hollow Cider @easthollowcider
🍎 NY Cider Co @nyciderco
🍎 Nine Pin Cider @ninepincider
🍎 Hudson Valley Farmhouse Cider @hudsonvalleyfarmhousecider
🍎 Original Sin Cider @originalsincider

Seasonal Greenmarkets and Farmstands Opening!

May 5, 2023
Posted in Greenmarket

It's farmers market season in New York City!

GrowNYC Greenmarkets 
GrowNYC's year-round Greenmarket farmers markets are growing as farmers bring additional delicious fruits and vegetables to market every day, and our seasonal Greenmarkets have begun opening. New Yorkers (and visitors!) can find a bounty of fresh, local products at Greenmarkets throughout the city. 

Check out individual market webpages for daily farmer attendance and information about upcoming activities such as cooking demonstrations and family-friendly programming.

GrowNYC Farmstands
GrowNYC Farmstands are part of a network of food access retail sites operated by GrowNYC, along with Greenmarket sites. Through Farmstands, GrowNYC sells fresh, affordable food in underserved and under resourced neighborhoods across NYC. The food sold at Farmstands is grown by farmers in the Northeast and transparently sourced through GrowNYC Wholesale. This vital food access program also offers important job opportunities for New Yorkers, ensures healthy, fresh food access across the city, and provides vital revenue for family farms in the Northeast.

All GrowNYC Greenmarkets and Farmstands accept SNAP/EBT, Debit/Credit, Healthfirst OTC cards (LIP and CC members only), WIC & Senior FMNP coupons, and Greenmarket Bucks accepted.
Spend $2 in SNAP/EBT/P-EBT, get bonus $2 Health Buck, up to $10 per day.

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OPENING DATE   SEASONAL GREENMARKETS & FARMSTANDS
May 4   Bay Ridge Greenmarket Saturdays
May 5   Bartel-Pritchard Square Greenmarket Sundays (also open on Wednesdays)
May 19   Stuyvesant Town Greenmarket Sundays 
June 1   57th Street Greenmarket Saturdays
June 2   Bensonhurst Greenmarket Sundays
June 4   Astor Place Greenmarket Tuesdays
June 4   Fort Washington Greenmarket Tuesdays
June 4   Bronx Borough Hall Greenmarket Tuesdays
June 4   Greenmarket at the Oculus Tuesdays 
June 8   Staten Island Mall Greenmarket Saturdays 
June 11   Elmhurst Greenmarket Tuesdays
June 14   Corona Greenmarket Fridays
June 16   Domino Park Greenmarket Sundays
June 19   Mount Sinai Hospital Greenmarket Wednesdays
June 23   94th Street Greenmarket Sundays
June 25   175th Street Greenmarket Thursdays
June 27   Poe Park Greenmarket Tuesdays
June 28   Parkchester Greenmarket Fridays
June 28   Lincoln Hospital Greenmarket Fridays (open Tuesdays June 25)
Coming soon   Eastchester Farmstand Saturdays
Coming soon   Lower East Side Farmstand Thursdays 
July 3   Flushing Greenmarket Wednesdays
Coming soon   Forest Park Farmstand Saturdays 
Coming soon   Ridgewood Farmstand Saturdays 
Coming soon   Morrisania Farmstand Wednesdays
Coming soon   Woodhull Hospital Farmstand Wednesdays
July 6  4th Ave Sunset Park Greenmarket Saturdays
July 11   Boro Park Greenmarket Thursdays
Coming soon   NYC Health + Hospitals/Gouverneur Health Farmstand Thursdays 
Coming soon   Cypress Hills Farmstand Fridays
Coming soon   Brownsville Pitkin Farmstand Saturdays 
August 14   Rockefeller Center Greenmarket

2023 Spring Compost Giveback

April 24, 2023
Posted in GrowNYC | Tagged ZWP, compost, giveback, 2023

The GrowNYC Compost Program is typically focused on collecting residential food scraps, but this Spring, we’re also giving away free compost made from the food scraps we’ve collected in the last year and processed by our partners! 

This is our annual act of reciprocity: we're closing the loop and giving thanks to the thousands of New Yorkers who have saved their food scraps from landfills by bringing them to our Food Scrap Drop-off sites. Small, 2-pound bags of ready-to-use compost will be available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last!

Compost Made in NYC

The compost for this Giveback is provided by two New York City Compost Project host sites: Queens Botanical Garden and Earth Matter NY. If you’ve dropped off food scraps at one of GrowNYC’s Food Scrap Drop-off (FSDO) sites, then the bag of compost you’ll receive may contain nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium from your very own peels and pits. That’s what we mean when we say “closed loop.”

Compost Giveback Schedule

Quantities are limited and based on average weekly participation at each drop-off site, so consider coming early to make sure you get a bag. Our 2023 Spring/Summer givebacks are finished, past givebacks events are listed at the bottom of this page. 

How to Use Compost

You don’t need to have a backyard or garden to have a use for compost. Indoor plants benefit from an annual application of compost, and we all have access to street trees that can use some love. We recommend mixing your compost into soil at a ratio of at least 3 parts soil to 1 part compost for best results.

  • For outdoor plants: Rake, sprinkle, or mix the compost into the soil of garden or tree beds.

  • For indoor plants: Gently mix an inch of compost into the top layer of potting soil, or blend with potting soil when repotting.

Compost is not shelf-stable and will not store well. Please use your compost within a week or two of receiving it.

Our small Compost Giveback bags are also compostable! Please remove the tin tie and sticker before bringing the empty bag back to a GrowNYC Food Scrap Drop-off site for composting.

What is compost, anyway?

During Compost Giveback events, there’s often some confusion about what we’re giving away and why. Here are a few definitions to know:

  • Food Scraps (noun) – the uneaten foods or parts of food. Calling these items scraps, rather than waste, highlights their value and potential for beneficial use, including human and animal consumption of rescued edible foods, composting, and anaerobic digestion.

  • Composting (verb) - the process of aerobic, biological decomposition that transforms organic materials like food scraps and fallen leaves into compost.

  • Compost (noun) – a soil amendment that resembles dark, crumbly topsoil, has a pleasant earthy smell, and has no resemblance to the original organic materials from which it is made. Compost refers to the finished product of the composting process, and is not to be confused with food scraps, which are just one ingredient in the composting process.

  • Soil (noun) – the upper layer of earth in which plants grow. Healthy soil consists of 45% minerals, 25% water, 25% air, and 5% organic matter. Soil is not to be confused with compost, which is a soil amendment that adds organic matter and beneficial microbes to soil.

When you drop off your food scraps with GrowNYC, we bring them to composting facilities, where they’re mixed with carbon-rich materials like leaves and wood chips, and transformed into compost. The finished compost can be used to improve soil quality for houseplants, gardens, and street trees alike.

Additional Resources


The compost giveback is made possible by funding from the NYC Department of Sanitation.

Past Giveback Events 

Thursday May 4th

Friday May 5th 

Saturday May 6th

Sunday May 7th

Wednesday May 17th

Thursday May 18th

Friday May 19th

Saturday May 20th

Wednesday May 24th

Thursday May 25th

Friday May 26th

Saturday May 27th

Sunday May 28th

Wednesday May 31

Friday June 2nd

Saturday June 3rd

Sunday, June 4th

Wednesday, June 14th

Friday, June 16th

Sunday, June 18th

GrowNYC FreshConnect Information Session

November 8, 2022
Posted in GrowNYC

GrowNYC is happy to announce our Winter 2023 Training Series!

This free training is available to nonprofit organizations and community groups interested in operating a food box or farm stand in their neighborhoods. Organizations are invited to join us for an informational session on Tuesday, Jan 10th from 4-6 PM. This overview will help organizations determine which model is the right fit for them. We will provide general FreshConnect background, details about ordering produce through GrowNYC Wholesale, and highlight the differences between a farm stand and a food box. The info session is not required, but if you're still deciding if you'd like to run a farm stand or a food box, this will help you understand the differences and make your decision.

January 10, 4-6PM, Information Session
Register for our first information session here.

All training sessions are remote via Zoom.

Jan 24, 4-6 PM, Farm Stand Training
Jan 264-6 PM, Fresh Food Box Training 

Deck the Halls - Christmas Trees + Holiday Wreaths at Greenmarkets

November 6, 2022

 

Greenmarkets where you can stock up on holiday greens:

A'moon Farm: Wreaths, Bouquets, Garlands, Princess Pines, White Pines, Cedar Pines, Mountain Laurels, Boxwood, Juniper, and Rosehips (Union Square Greenmarket Wednesdays and Fridays)
Downhome Acres: Wreaths (77th Street Greenmarket Sundays, Columbia University Greenmarket Sundays)
Durr Wholesale: Wreaths (Union Square Greenmarket Saturdays) 
Fantastic Gardens: Potted evergreens, poinsettias, amaryllis (Union Square Greenmarket Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays)
Green Life Farm: Wreaths (77th Street Greenmarket Sundays)
Lebak Farms: Wreaths and boughs (Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket Saturdays)
Luna Family Farm: Wreaths and bouquets (Columbia University Greenmarket Thursdays; Stuyvesant Town Greenmarket Sundays; Union Square Greenmarket Wednesdays & Saturdays)
Mountain Sweet Berry Farm: Wreaths, garland, and princess pines (77th Street Greenmarket Sundays; Union Square Greenmarket Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays)
Newgate Farms: Wreaths (Cortelyou Greenmarket Sundays, Columiba Greenmarket Thursdays)
Pe-tal Plants: Potted evergreens, poinsettias, and amaryllis (Union Square Greenmarket Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays)
Phillips Farm: Eucalyptus Wreaths (Union Square Saturdays, Grand Army Plaza Saturdays)
Rexcroft Farm: Wreaths (Fort Greene Greenmarket Saturdays) 
River Garden: Dried flower wreaths (Union Square Greenmarket Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays)
Stokes Farm: Herb wreaths (Tucker Square Greenmarket Thursdays and Saturdays; Union Square Greenmarket Saturdays)
Van Houten Farms: Trees and wreaths (Union Square Greenmarket Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays)
Walnut Hill Farm: Wreaths and dried flowers (77th Street Greenmarket Sundays, Carroll Gardens Greenmarket Sundays, Fort Greene Greenmarket Saturdays, Grand Army Plaza Greenmarkets Saturdays, Inwood Greenmarket Saturdays, McCarren Park Greenmarket Saturdays, Union Square Greenmarket Wednesdays and Saturdays)

 

 

GrowNYC Gift Guide

November 5, 2022
Posted in GrowNYC

GREENMARKET GIFTS
Greenmarket Merch: Tote bags (many farmers also tell totes!), reusable produce bags, 2023 calendar designed by Aly Miller Illustrations 
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. 

SELF CARE
Soaps 
Sachets, Salves, Lip Balms, Lotions, and Body Oils
Beeswax Candles 
Wool Apparel, Yarn, Hats, Scarves
Herbal Tinctures, Teas, and Tisanes 

DECOR
Wreaths
Decorative Garlic Braids 
Poinsettias, Paper Whites, and Orchids
Succulent & Cactus 
Farmstead Wool Blankets and Wall Hangings 

TO DRINK
Hard Cider
Wine
Egg Nog
Spirits: Gin, Corn Whiskey, Vodka, Unaged Single Malt Whiskey
Bitters

TO EAT
Jams and Preserves
Farmstead Cheeses
Honey 
Herb Wreaths 
Cookies, Pies and Baked Goods
Maple Syrup, Maple Cotton Candy & Maple Candies
Popcorn
Chicken Liver Bourbon Pâté 
Soppressata and Cured Chorizo
Duck Salami and Prosciutto 
Bison Jerky from Roaming Acres 
Dried & Smoked Chiles & Powdered Spices 

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.

Donate a Bag this November

October 23, 2022
Posted in Greenmarket

Greenmarket is partnering with City Harvest, Food Bank of New York City, Community Fridges in Upper Manhattan and the Bronx, 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. 

Wednesday, November 9
City Harvest
Union Square Greenmarket

Saturday, November 12
City Harvest
Union Square Greenmarket

Saturday, November 12
Iglesia Alianza Cristiana Misionera Ebenezer Food Pantry
Sunnyside Greenmarket

Saturday, November 12
Stapleton U.A.M.E. Church Food Pantry
St George Greenmarket

Sunday, November 13
City Harvest
77th Street Greenmarket

Wednesday, November 16
Food Bank of New York City
Dag Hammarskjold Greenmarket

Saturday, November 19
Children of the Light Food Pantry
Brooklyn Borough Hall Greenmarket

Monday, November 21
Food Bank of New York City
Union Square Greenmarket

Celebrate New York Cider Week at Union Square Greenmarket Cider Village 

October 5, 2022
Posted in Greenmarket

Celebrate New York Cider Week at Union Square Greenmarket Cider Village 

Union Square Greenmarket Cider Village 
Union Square West & 15th Street     
Friday, October 7, 2022
10AM-5PM

Save the date for one of our most beloved annual events, the Union Square Greenmarket Cider Village! For one day only, New York cidermakers from far and wide will join our Friday market lineup on October 8th to sling their sippable fall flavors! From fruity to funky, sweet to dry, crisp and complex, to bubbly and tart, there’s a cider for everyone.

Along the way, you’ll meet (and taste!) some rare apples varieties and learn more about the cider-pressing process as well as the history of the craft that takes one of our state’s most venerated and prolific crops and turns it into liquid gold. Guest cidermakers will have their bottles on offer, along with some lovingly culled informational displays, pairings and recipes all about apples and cider. Pick up a bottle you’ve never tried before, grab another bottle for a holiday gift, and maybe learn something new!                                                             

Join Us for Grow for Change: A Benefit for GrowNYC

September 22, 2022
Posted in GrowNYC

Join us for an intimate night supporting GrowNYC with a fabulous 3-course meal and cocktails by Gotham, live music, and sparkling conversation all in a classic New York setting.

We'll celebrate Grow's 50+ year history of working block by block across the five boroughs to improve quality of life for all people. We'll honor Bank of America, a keystone funder in our work to launch NYC's first all-local food hub in the South Bronx in 2023, and for helping us add 860 learning gardens in NYC public schools.

New York City is better for bustling Greenmarkets, buzzing community gardens, conservation resources like composting and rainwater conservation, and education for all ages that fosters environmental stewardship.

As we turn the page to a new chapter in NYC, let's celebrate the real work we do together to make ours the greatest city in the world.

Please contact Kate Boelkins at kboelkins@grownyc.org or 212-788-7900 ext. 235 to complete your ticket order. Thank you!

White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health

September 20, 2022
Posted in Greenmarket

On September 28th, the Biden-Harris Administration will host the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health, with the goal of ending hunger and increasing healthy eating and physical activity by 2030, so that fewer Americans experience diet-related diseases like diabetes, obesity, and hypertension.

Conference Details and Agenda

From www.health.gov --

"Millions of Americans are afflicted with food insecurity and diet-related diseases—including heart disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes—which are some of the leading causes of death and disability in the U.S. The toll of hunger and these diseases is not distributed equally, disproportionately impacting underserved communities, including many Black, Latino, Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander, and Native American communities. And hunger and diet-related diseases affect many more communities, including rural communities, people with disabilities, older adults, LGBTQI+ people, military families, and military veterans.

Lack of access to healthy, safe, and affordable food, and to safe outdoor spaces, contributes to impacting hunger, diet-related diseases, and health disparities. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated these challenges further.

On September 28, 2022, for the first time in over 50 years, the Biden-Harris Administration will host a White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health. The First White House Conference on Food, Nutrition, and Health had a significant influence on the country’s food policy agenda for half a century. Now, again, we have the collective opportunity to chart a course for the future.

The Administration has set a goal of ending hunger and reducing dietrelated disease by increasing healthy eating and physical activity in the U.S. by 2030. This ambitious goal would mean that no Americans go hungry and fewer Americans experience diet-related diseases like diabetes, obesity, and hypertension. At the Conference, the Administration will announce a bold national strategy that outlines steps the federal government and other stakeholders will take to achieve this goal."

To end hunger and increase healthy eating and physical activity to reduce diet-related diseases and disparities, the Biden-Harris Administration has specified areas of action in five pillars:

1. Improve food access and affordability: End hunger by making it easier for everyone — including urban, suburban, rural, and Tribal communities — to access and afford food. For example, expand eligibility for and increase participation in food assistance programs and improve transportation to places where food is available.

2. Integrate nutrition and health: Prioritize the role of nutrition and food security in overall health, including disease prevention and management, and ensure that our health care system addresses the nutrition needs of all people.

3. Empower all consumers to make and have access to healthy choices: Foster environments that enable all people to easily make informed healthy choices, increase access to healthy food, encourage healthy workplace and school policies, and invest in public messaging and education campaigns that are culturally appropriate and resonate with specific communities.

4. Support physical activity for all: Make it easier for people to be more physically active (in part by ensuring that everyone has access to safe places to be active), increase awareness of the benefits of physical activity, and conduct research on and measure physical activity.

5. Enhance nutrition and food security research: Improve nutrition metrics, data collection, and research to inform nutrition and food security policy, particularly on issues of equity, access, and disparities.

The White House wants to hear your stories and experiences with hunger and/or diet-related diseases. Share Your Story here.

 

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