COVID Safety Restrictions Update as of June 18, 2021:
GrowNYC has updated our COVID-related safety protocols across Greenmarkets, Farmstands, and Fresh Food Box sites in accordance with new guidelines from the CDC and New York City and State Departments of Health.
Vaccinated individuals are no longer required to wear masks and social distancing will no longer be enforced. GrowNYC no longer regulates touching/handling produce.
Individual farm businesses may set their own safety requirements; please read signage at stands.
All concerns regarding this policy should be addressed to GrowNYC management via email at email@example.com.
Since the coronavirus pandemic hit New York City, GrowNYC has responded swiftly to the needs of our community.
Deemed essential businesses, we quickly reconfigured our 80+ food access sites to keep them open and safe for shoppers, producers, and staff. We are working with community partners to deliver free Fresh Food Boxes to low income New Yorkers who are undocumented, unemployed, or struggling in high need neighborhoods. Additionally, we have been building out distance learning resources to continue to support educators and the general public as learning spaces move remote.
For 50 years now, GrowNYC has been a resource for all New Yorkers who want to improve quality of life and protect the environment. You can continue to rely on us for access to fresh food, education, green spaces and more.
GrowNYC Greenmarkets, Farmstands, and Fresh Food Box Sites Map and Schedule
GrowNYC's 80+ open-air Greenmarket locations, Farmstands, and Fresh Food Box locations are crucial to the 250 regional farmers and producers who sell through them, as well as to the hundreds of thousands of New York City residents who rely on the them as an essential source of fresh, healthy food. Eighty-five percent of our farms report that they would not be in business if not for the ability to sell directly to New York City shoppers.
As always, SNAP/EBT is accepted at all GrowNYC Greenmarkets, Farmstands, and Fresh Food Box locations.
*Some Food Scrap Drop-off Sites are re-opening. See our Compost Program page for updates.
*Some Clothing Collections at Greenmarkets are re-opening. See our Clothing Collection Program page for updates. To schedule a pick-up of textiles for a fee, please contact Wearable Collections.
Farmers Markets are Essential Businesses
Farmers markets are open as essential retail busineses while New York State is on P.A.U.S.E.
GrowNYC Schedule Updates
View real-time updates on market closures and GrowNYC program schedule changes, and follow us on social media.
Fellow Farmer - Pre-Order and Delivery
Fellow Farmer is a platform that allows customers to pre-order from the farmers market for pickup, or schedule a home delivery.
Learn more at Fellow Farmer.
COVID Guidelines - Market Safety for Shoppers
We encourage you to please adhere to the following safety protocols to protect yourselves, your fellow shoppers, and our Producers and their employees.
- Masks Welcome & Encouraged
- Unvaccinated Individuals: Masks Required
- Individual Market Stands May Require Masks
- If you are sick, stay home
Emergency Food Resources
Information about free meals, food pantries, SNAP enrollment, cash assistance, Medicaid, and food delivery assistance available here.
Additionally, GrowNYC is working with community partners to deliver free Fresh Food Boxes to low income New Yorkers who are undocumented, unemployed, or struggling in high need neighborhoods.
Due to school closure and social distancing measures, our Education Programs are currently not operating our Zero Waste and Food & Nutrition programs in schools, School Garden workshops and giveaways, Greenmarket tours or Teaching Garden field trips. In the meantime, we've developed a Distance Learning resource page for educators, families, and students of all ages, including our Virtual Teaching Garden, where you can keep up with planting and projects at our Teaching Garden at Governors Island and explore related activities you can do at home.
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GrowNYC Needs Your Support
For nearly 50 years, GrowNYC has made it easy for New Yorkers to take everyday actions that benefit the environment. Serving over 3 million New Yorkers every year, our programs encourage all citizens to lead mindful lives, like eating seasonally and locally, conserving resources, and preserving green space. Please consider a donation of any amount, we need your support now more than ever.