Greenmarket 2021 Turkey Guide

October 27, 2021

Thanksgiving is just around the corner—November 25th, 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.

You can also find the freshest side dish ingredients such as Brussels sprouts, carrots, fennel, winter squash, potatoes, apples, pears, herbs, honey, maple syrup, pre-made pies, butter, and cream. In addition to those items, don't forget GrowNYC Grains flour for all your baking needs, and craft beverages -- we have beer, spirits, and hard cider made from 100% locally-grown ingredients. As well as pickles and condiments for your leftover turkey sandwiches, and much more. 

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

79th Street Sunday, 11/21
97th Street Friday, 11/24 
Abingdon Square Saturday, 11/20
Brooklyn Borough Hall Saturday, 11/20
Carroll Gardens Sunday, 11/21
Columbia Sunday, 11/21
Cortelyou Sunday, 11/21
Forest Hills, 11/21
Fort Greene Saturday, 11/20
Grand Army Plaza Saturday, 11/20 

Greenpoint Saturday, 11/20
Inwood Saturday, 11/20
Jackson Heights Sunday, 11/21
Tribeca Saturday, 11/20
Union Square Wednesday, 11/24
St George Saturday, 11/20

 

† Market open Wednesday before Thanksgiving for pick-ups.

Fiesty Acres Farm
Breeds: Black Spanish, Bourbon Red, Narragansett, & Broad Breasted White
Also available -- guinea hens and quail.
Where and how to order: Limited availability of turkeys available for purchase at Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket, 11/20
Where and when to pick up: Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket on Saturday, 11/20
feistyacres.com

Green Table Farms
Breeds: Mixed Heritage Breed
Where and how to order: Preorder now to reserve your Thanksgiving Turkey on Fellow Farmer.com. The deposit will process for the weekend you place your order but pick up is only on Saturday November 20.  The final charge is processed at the time of pick up and for the actual size.  Please note in the comments how many guests you will be serving and we will do our best to accommodate your preferred size.  We expect the birds to range from 9 - 15 pounds.
Where and when to pick up: 
Union Square Greenmarket on Saturday 11/20, (8:00 am - 4:00 pm)
fellowfarmer.com/producer/green-table-farms    

Halal Pastures Farm
Breeds: Broad Breasted White
Where and how to order: Available for purchase at 92nd Street Greenmarket Sundays or 57th Street Greenmarket Wednesdays or order online at www.halalpastures.com/turkey/
Where and when to pick up: 92nd Street Greenmarket on Sunday, November 21, or 57th Street Greenmarket on Wednesday, 11/24
halalpastures.com/turkey/

Ramble Creek Farm
Breeds: Broad Breasted White 
Where and how to order: Union Square Greenmarket Fridays; 97th Street Greenmarket Fridays, or Call Josh to order at 518-769-0897 or order online at www.ramblecreekfarm.com  
Where and when to pick up: Union Square Greenmarket on Tuesday, 11/23, or 97th Street Greenmarket Wednesday, 11/24
ramblecreekfarm.com

Violet Hill Farm
Breed: Broad Breasted White
Where and how to order: Union Square Greenmarket SaturdaysMcCarren Park/Greenpoint Saturdays or order online at www.violethillfarm.com/turkey-2021
Where and when to pick up: Union Square Greenmarket or McCarren Park/Greenpoint Greenmarket on Saturday, 11/20, or Union Square Greenmarket Wednesday, 11/24
violethillfarm.com/turkey-2021 

Jazz Foundation at GrowNYC Greenmarkets

October 1, 2021
Posted in Greenmarket

Come out and hear Jazz Foundation musicians playing at GrowNYC Greenmarkets!

The Jazz Foundation of America, a non-profit organization based in Manhattan, provides retired professional jazz musicians with the opportunity to continue performing.

Through their "Gig Fund," the Jazz Foundation produces free, “pop-up” performances for underserved audiences. The shows take place in public spaces as opposed to traditional and costly venues, and engage new audiences who would not otherwise have the chance to hear these accomplished players. We are thrilled to announce the schedule of performers coming out to GrowNYC Greenmarkets. 

FALL SCHEDULE JAZZ FOUNDATION
AT GROWNYC GREENMARKETS 

 October 9

    57th Street Saturday Greenmarket

    Will Terrill Band

 October 10

    92nd Street Sunday Greenmarket 

    Rick Fiori Band

 October 12

    Brooklyn Borough Hall Tuesday Greenmarket

    Band TBD

 October 14

    Myrtle-Wyckoff Thursday Greenmarket 

    Jerry Griffin


Presented in partnership with the Jazz Foundation of America, with partial support from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council

GrowNYC Tours & Learning Opportunities

September 25, 2021

In Person Field Trips Are Back!

Greenmarket School Tours

Join an interactive tour to learn more about local agriculture and fresh, local food.

Dates: September – December, Weekdays

To request an in person field trip, please fill out this registration form.

Virtual Tours and Self Guided tours of neighborhood Greenmarkets are also available.

Adult tours at citywide Greenmarket locations are also available here.

 

Teaching Garden on Governors Island Tours

Join us for a hands on learning experience on our urban farm.

Dates: September – November, Weekdays

To request an in person field trip, please fill out this registration form.

Virtual Tours and Farmer Talks are also available. 

Please note: All GrowNYC tour leaders are fully vaccinated and masks will be worn at all times for everyone’s safety.

Welcome Angela Davis, GrowNYC's New Director of Food Access and Agriculture

September 8, 2021

GrowNYC is excited to announce the selection of Angela Davis as its new Director of Retail Food Access and Agriculture. Angela replaces Michael Hurwitz, who is leaving GrowNYC after nearly 15 years of distinguished service to Greenmarket’s farmers and customers. 

Davis is a nonprofit and public-sector leader with more than 14 years of experience managing programs and initiatives that increase food security, expand equitable access to healthy food, and support a more sustainable local food system. She will begin with GrowNYC this month. 

"We are thrilled to be able to bring this highly talented and seasoned executive into GrowNYC to oversee our Greenmarkets and their related food access programs,” said Robert Kafin, Chair of GrowNYC’s Board of Directors. 

Since 2017, Davis served as the Director of the Division of Food & Nutrition at the Jersey City Department of Health & Human Services (JCHHS). She oversaw healthy food access initiatives and federal nutrition programs, including Meals on Wheels, the Congregate Senior Lunch Program, the Summer Food Service Program, and the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program. In this role, Davis also managed Jersey City's relationship with its independently run farmers markets and the neighborhood nonprofit organizations participating in the Adopt-a-Lot community gardening program. Prior to working at JCHHS, she spent almost a decade overseeing food and nutrition education programs for Just Food, a New York City food justice nonprofit.  

“Angela’s wealth of relevant experience and skills will help sustain our commitment to providing a continuing supply of fresh, local produce for New Yorkers, as well as support for local farms, farmers, and sustainable agriculture,” said GrowNYC President and CEO Marcel Van Ooyen. 

“I am honored to become the new Director of Retail Food Access and Agriculture as GrowNYC celebrates Greenmarket's 45th year of service to New York City residents and local farmers said, Davis.  "I look forward to working with GrowNYC staff, board, farmers, and community stakeholders to ensure equitable access to the freshest, healthiest food while strengthening regional farm viability." 

Over her 27-year career, Davis has served a variety of institutions, including SEIU Local 32BJ, the National Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, and the Children's Defense Fund. Davis has a Master of Education degree from George Washington University, a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oberlin College, and a certificate in Culinary Nutrition from the Natural Gourmet Institute. She is a 2009 Environmental Leadership Program Fellow. GrowNYC is thrilled to have her on the team. 

Cider Village at the Union Square Greenmarket October 8

September 1, 2021
Posted in Greenmarket

Save the date for one of our most beloved annual events, the Union Square Greenmarket Cider Village, as part of Cider Week New York! For one day only, New York cidermakers from far and wide will join our Friday market lineup 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!

Special guests will also be on hand! Gidon Coll of Hudson Valley Apple Project will host an apple varietal display that is sure to leave you gleefully in awe of the range one fruit can embody, and apple enthusiast and photographer William Mullan of @pomme_queen fame will be taking pre-orders of the second run of his new and currently sold out book, Odd Apples (12-2PM). The book is an ode to the apple tree and features 128 portraits of rare and interesting apple varieties and their histories. 

CIDER VILLAGE 
Union Square West (at 15th Street)
Date: Friday, October 8
Time: 10AM. - 5PM

Participating Cideries:

Metal House Cider
Original Sin Cider
East Hollow Cider
Hudson Valley Farmhouse Cider
Nine Pin Cider
 

Run the New York City Marathon with GrowNYC

August 23, 2021
Posted in GrowNYC

GrowNYC is excited to participate in the 2021 TCS New York City Marathon as an Official Charity Partner for the first time! This year, the marathon will take place on November 7, 2021.

The NYRR Official Charity Partner Program offers an opportunity for nonprofit organizations to raise funds to support their missions and services. Participating charities can offer guaranteed entry to runners who fundraise on their behalf.

Right now, we are able to offer guaranteed entry to the marathon to a limited number of runners, provided they:

1. Cover their own registration fee

2. Raise at least $3,000 for GrowNYC by October 15, 2021

This offer is open to our community. If you are interested in participating, please complete this submission form. We will be reviewing submissions on a rolling basis until we have filled all open spots on our team.

Please share this opportunity with anyone who might be interested!

Visit our grownyc.org/marathon to learn more, and contact Bea Mora at bmora@grownyc.org with any questions.

 

Doctor's Orders!

August 11, 2021
Posted in Greenmarket

Two health insurance companies partner with GrowNYC to promote healthy eating among their members. 

Healthfirst recognizes that poor diet, a prominent risk factor linked to death and disease in the United States, is modifiable, and the health insurance company has partnered with GrowNYC to allow Medicaid and Medicare members to spend benefits (about $150 per month!) at our Greenmarkets, Farmstands, and Fresh Food Box sites on fresh fruits and vegetables.

Similarly, MetroPlus, another insurance company here in New York, is incentivizing healthy eating by providing Greenmarket Bucks (for use at GrowNYC food retail sites) to its members who have certain diet related illnesses.  

These programs, both focused on the connection between health and diet, are lauded at GrowNYC, where we work to provide access for all New Yorkers to healthy, fresh food while simultaneously promoting regional agriculture.  

Perhaps more health insurance companies will be inspired to launch similar programs, moving us closer to a health care system that integrates healthy habits for members and, by promoting local food, for the environment. 

 
Here’s a link for more information about GrowNYC’s partnership with Healthfirst, and here you will find further details on Greenmarket Bucks for MetroPlus members

Seed Donation Drive for St. Vincent Farmers

June 15, 2021
Posted in Greenmarket

St. Vincent & the Grenadines farmers were severely impacted by the recent volcanic eruptions at La Soufrière. Please help by donating seed packets. 

SEEDS THAT GROW IN A TROPICAL ENVIRONMENT NEEDED
*Please make sure the seeds are properly labeled and sealed 

Herbs: Basil, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, Garlic, Thyme
Vegetables: Broccoli, Peas, Beans, Cucumber, Butternut Squash, Zucchini, ,Okra, Tomatoes, Sweet Peppers, Pumpkins, Scallions, Onions, Spinach, Beets, Carrots, Cabbage, Lettuce, Sweet Corn, Arugula
Fruits: Cantaloupe, Watermelon, Honey Dew

DROP-OFF LOCATIONS & DATES
Saturdays, July 24, 31

Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket, Bk
Union Square Greenmarket, Mhtn 


Sunday, July 25
Cortelyou Greenmarket, Bk
Forest Hills Greenmarket, Qns 


Or mail seeds by July 31:
GrowNYC
c/o Seed Donation Drive 
PO Box 2327
NY, NY 10272

Organized by the Flatbush Caton Market and GrowNYC
Benefitting the Windward Islands Farmers Association

 

June Compost Giveback

June 10, 2021

The GrowNYC Compost Program is typically focused on collecting your food scraps, but from June 12 to June 27, we’re also giving away free compost made from the food scraps we’ve collected in the last year! 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, as outlined below.

Compost Made in NYC

The compost for this Giveback is provided by NYC Compost Project hosted by Earth Matter NY, whose community composting facility and learning center on Governors Island has processed 40% of the food scraps collected by GrowNYC in the last year. If you’ve dropped off food scraps with GrowNYC, 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

The following GrowNYC Food Scrap Drop-off sites will host one Compost Giveback event each this June. Please refer to our Compost Program Webpage for site-specific hours and locations. 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.

Saturday, June 12th

  • Abingdon Greenmarket
  • Tribeca Greenmarket
  • Inwood Greenmarket

Sunday, June 13th

  • 79th Greenmarket

Friday, June 18th

  • 97th St Greenmarket
  • East 96th St & Lexington Ave
  • William B. Washington Memorial Garden

Saturday, June 19th

  • McCarren Park/ Greenmarket
  • Fort Greene Greenmarket

Friday, June 25th

  • Fordham Plaza
  • Lincoln Hospital Greenmarket
  • New Roots Community Farm

Saturday, June 26th

  • Bed-Stuy Fresh Food Box

Sunday, June 27th

  • Carroll Gardens Greenmarket
  • Cortelyou Greenmarket

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 Compost Giveback bags are also compostable. Please remove and recycle the tin tie 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 and Closed Loop Partners.

Notice of Voluntary Recall, Hudson Valley Fisheries

June 7, 2021
Posted in Greenmarket

Notice of Voluntary Recall, Hudson Valley Fisheries 

GrowNYC has received notification from Greenmarket producer Hudson Valley Fisheries that due to the possibility of contamination they are voluntarily recalling the following products sold at their farm stand and other retailers.

  • Cold-Smoked Steelhead (“Trout Lox”)

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with these products. This is a voluntary and precautionary recall initiated by Hudson Valley Fisheries. 

These products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

If you have an unopened cold-smoked pack that you purchased in May, please take a picture of it and send it to info@hudsonvalleyfisheries.com for a full refund.

Company Contact Information:
Hudson Valley Fisheries 
(914) 960-8549
info@hudsonvalleyfisheries

Letter from Hudson Valley Fisheries to their customers: 

We are reaching out because you recently purchased our Cold-Smoked Steelhead (“Trout Lox”). This week Banner Smoked Fish, the smokehouse that handles our cold-smoked trout, was issued a recall on all of its products smoked from May 8 - May 28 due to risk of contamination with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. Our last shipment from Banner was on April 29. Out of an abundance of caution, we are recalling our cold-smoked items sold in May up to today. None of our other products are impacted by this incident. Rest assured, no illnesses have been reported and we have received no notice of contamination in our cold-smoked trout. We are taking all possible precautionary measures because our customers' health and safety are our top priority. If you have an unopened cold-smoked pack that you purchased in May, please take a picture of it and send it to us at info@hudsonvalleyfisheries.com for a full refund.

We apologize for any inconvenience and are here to address any questions or concerns you may have. Please feel free to contact us directly via email info@hudsonvalleyfisheries.com or give us a call at (914) 960-8549.

FDA Recall Notice 

 

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