Support School Recycling Champions on Kickstarter

November 7, 2011

GrowNYC is trying something new. Kickstarter, the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world, invited us to launch a project.

We're trying to raise $10,000 in 60 days to bring our Recycling Champions program to one school in each borough in 2011-12. We'll work alongside students, teachers, administrators and custodial engineers to educate the school community about the importance of recycling, provide professional development resources and presentation tools, facilitate classroom activities and lessons, and create youth recycling "ambassadors" to motivate and educate community. Make your pledge TODAY and get fun rewards!

Vote for GrowNYC's School Recycling Champions on Kickstarter!

High Schoolers clean up McCarren Park

November 7, 2011

Mike Zamm, Director of GrowNYC's Environmental Education program, recently spent 7 weeks putting students at Frances Perkins Academy through a water workshop, teaching kids about hydrology, the water cycle, New York City's watershed, and more.

As a culmination of 7 great weeks of work, students from Frances Perkins mulched 36 trees and planted 13 large trees across the street from their school, in McCarren Park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The project will help control storm water runoff and erosion in the Newtown Creek watershed.

A Prince in the Market

November 1, 2011
Posted in Greenmarket

In addition to the Times' Bill Cunningham and a throng of dedicated regular Saturday market goers, on October 22, the Union Square Greenmarket was host to the Crown Prince and Princess of Denmark and three world-renowned chefs from Copenhagen, including Adam Aamann, Claus Henriksen, and the famed René Redzepi of "the world's best restaurant," from Noma.

Celebrating the New Nordic Cuisine at a cook out in the Union Square Pavilion, streams of New Yorkers lined up to sample Danish fare prepared with locally grown ingredients sourced directly from the farmers at the Union Square Greenmarket.

Joel Salatin at Union Sq on Wed, Nov 2

October 21, 2011
Posted in Greenmarket | Tagged union square

The Union Square Greenmarket will host acclaimed author Joel Salatin for a free Q&A and book signing at the Union Square Pavilion on Wednesday, November 2nd, from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM.

Salatin, whom you may recognize from his appearances in Food Inc. or The Omnivore’s Dilemma, will be signing copies of his new book, Folks, This Ain’t Normal. He was recently profiled in Time Magazine.

Edible's Queens Uncorked Hurricane Relief Benefit

October 19, 2011
Posted in Greenmarket | Tagged queens, relief

GrowNYC is thrilled to announce that it will be the beneficiary of Edible Queens' Queens Uncorked, a local wine and food event pairing Long Island wine with Queens restaurants and food artisans. The event, Wednesday, November 2 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, will features 3 hours of local wining and dining at Long Island City's coolest event location, The Foundry.

Proceeds of the event will go specifically to local farmers who've been severely impacted by Hurricane Irene. Greenmarket farmer Gary Glowaczewsk, who lost most of his crops in the storm, will be in attendance at the event.

Buy a ticket to Queens Uncorked!

Chamber Players International Concert to Benefit GrowNYC's Hurricane Relief Fund

October 14, 2011
Posted in Greenmarket | Tagged relief

Friday, October 21, 7 p.m.
Chamber Players International Concert to Benefit GrowNYC's Hurricane Relief Fund
The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space
44 Charlton Street, Manhattan [map]
Tickets: $25 online and at the door

Chamber Players International present a benefit concert event for GrowNYC’s Greenmarket farmers. The program features works by Beethoven and a world premier by guest artist Reinhard Seehafer, internationally renowned composer and symphony conductor. The ensemble consists of world class, award-winning performers including violinist Anna Rabinova, member of the New York Philharmonic and winner of the Leipzig and Belgrade International Violin Competitions. 100% of the proceeds generated by the concert will be donated to the recovery fund to help GrowNYC’s Greenmarket farmers who were severely impacted by Tropical Storms Irene and Lee in early September.

Buy tickets.

Nearly 2 million pounds of food donated

October 12, 2011
Posted in Greenmarket

Greenmarket is proud to announce that farmers and producers working with our Fresh Pantry project donated nearly 2 million pounds of fresh food in 2010.

1,946,119 pounds of fruit, vegetables, and baked goods were donated to 37 local food pantries, soup kitchens, community centers, and City Harvest trucks in all 5 boroughs.

Many thanks to our project partners, City Harvest and the New York City Coalition Against Hunger, their dedicated volunteers, and the local pantries and facilities that prepare and serve all that food!

Locavore Challenge: Week Two

September 20, 2011
Posted in Greenmarket | Tagged locavore challenge

For the second week of our Locavore Challenge food diaries we'll be following along with Gabrielle Langholtz, editor of Edible Manhattan and Edible Brooklyn.

Prior to editing for Edible, Gabrielle worked as the publicity coordinator at Greenmarket for 8 years. More recently, she married Craig Haney, livestock manager at Stone Barns, who makes a few appearances in this food diary.

Thursday Sept 8th

11:30 AM: hard boiled egg (from Craig’s hens) and maple yogurt from Old Chatham. 2:00 PM: giant salad w beets & almost-gone-bad goat cheese and lots of raw garlic and a little too much sherry vinegar 4:00: craving something sweet, snuck a spoonful of sugary hazelnut spread from Le Pain Quotidien, then regretted it and spit it into the compost where it looked totally nasty. Much better on toast! Dinner: friggin amazing boiled scarlet runner beans. WOW. They literally taste like peaches. I was yelling “peaches!” as I ate them. Craig said I was crazy. Also corn soup: All summer I’ve been saving and freezing corn cobs, when I get a big gallon Ziploc full I boil em up with onions skins and carrots tops – amazing corny stock. Cooked that up with corn and onions from CSA and...frozen corn kernels from the supermarket.

Friday Sept 9th

2 open faced mayo-cuke sammies w lots of black pepper. I’m an addict green tea – water wasn’t hot enough – meh (one bite of a gluten-free pancake that was SO too-sweet! Wtf bob’s red mill?) Snacks throughout the day: Boiled beets and hunk of goat cheese eaten standing up PB and pickled jalepenos on rice crackers (no I’m not pregnant – try it). Three rice crackers slathered with mayo, then pepper on top with lots of cuke slices on that. Staple lately. DINNER: 6:30 tilapia burrito the size of my head. Ate the whole thing. Want to die. Bedtime snack – honey fro yo, which is incredibly easy (strain yogurt, puree with honey, freeze in ice cream maker, wow)

Saturday Sept 10th

Breakfast: White tea, Whole cuke All day long: Green zebra tomato sandwiches with mayo. Life-changing. DINNER: BLTs - so freaking easy and delicious. Summer squash cooked in bacon grease – turned out too greasy. Awesome green salad with liberal application of raw garlic. Corn on the cob – complete with cornworms (which on the bright side, prove the plants weren’t sprayed) Late night sweet tooth – Mast Brothers chocolate, the nib bar. I don’t know what I would do without them.

Sunday Sept 11th

Late breakfast of Squid stir-fried with basil, garlic, and lots of jalapeno (all local and frigging delicious) eaten with peanuts and couscous. Meant to split it with Craig but ate the whole thing. Stuffed rest of day. Peach-tomato crisp (thank you Mark Bittman) Went to Prune for a media dinner for The Perennial Plate, which I want to BE. Ate whole shrimp, raw oyster, pig heart…good but the conversation itself was the real feast. Sat next to Melissa Clark, she hardly ate a thing!

Monday Sept 12

Made hot pepper confit from River Cottage Everyday. Just cut up chiles, covered in oil (yes that’s a lot of oil – deal with it). Let it bubble for maybe 10 minutes. Freakaing amazing. Thought of too many ways to eat it all day, including stirred into plain yogurt, eaten off bread, and eaten with a spoon. Picnic dinner: Fennel-carrot slaw, pasta w pesto & tomatoes (cant get enough pesto these days), boiled beans & carrots – Craig thinks they’re too plain but I love to eat them with no other seasoning at all so I can really taste them.

Tuesday Sept 13th

Breakfast: Oatmeal w plain yogurt and chile-pepper confit Snack: Dates w Ronnybrook crème fraiche Late lunch: Cucumber salad with cilantro, scallions, chili flakes and a few dashes of fish sauce. Totally addictive. Dinner: ground lamb cooked with tomatoes, onions, garlic (all from CSA) and brown rice Late-night sweet tooth: Liddabit Sweets caramels, the ricotta-orange flavor. Considered eating wrapper too.

Wednesday Sept 14th

Homemade granola with nothing local in it except the maple syrup, but at least I poured local milk all over it. Late morning – huge green salad with boiled beets, plus feta from my raw-milk club. Late afternoon – tuna-kimchi sandwich. My standby. Just 3 ingreds: tuna, kimchi, mayo. Survival food, and damn enjoyable I might add. Also ate half a cuke. Made oven-roasted tomatoes, so easy and delicious. Meant to freeze em all for winter soups but ended up eating half of them on pasta for dinner, with a little parmesan. Yum. Sweet tooth – last of cantaloupe sorbet, which couldn’t be easier. Peel and seed cantaloupe, puree with sugar and juice of half a lemon, freeze in ice cream maker. So good. I love you David Lebovitz!

Locavore Challenge: Week One

September 10, 2011

To support NOFA-NY's Locavore Challenge, in September our blog will feature food diaries from GrowNYC staff and friends. Don't know what the Locavore Challenge is?

The NY Locavore Challenge is a month-long campaign aimed at engaging consumers across the state in eating local organic foods. The goal for this campaign is to educate consumers about how to make healthy and ethical food choices, cook with in-season, local organic foods, while supporting local sustainable farms and food businesses.

First up, Greenmarket's publicity coordinator Jeanne Hodesh.  Will one of GrowNYC's own be up to the challenge?  Is there really a 26-year old in our office that reproaches herself by saying "For shame, Jeanne?"  Let's find out.

Thursday, Sept 1

I came home from our 35th Anniversary party last night loaded up with four leftover melons from Cherry Lane Farms. My God, are they sweet! That night I made a raw corn salad with some purple onion, basil and cherry tomatoes-- all produce procured on Tuesday at the City Hall Greenmarket, right outside our office on Chambers Street-- to take for lunch the next day. For the first day of the Locavore Challenge, I had a peach for breakfast -- the peaches from Kernan Farm are as big as softballs now, and pack so much flavor, and so much juice for that matter, that I ate is standing over my kitchen sink. I ate the corn salad for lunch, and cracked open one of the baby Charentais melons from Cherry Lane. I ate both at my desk. My co-worker Liz and I were working as fast as we could on getting the word out about damage caused to our upstate farmers by Irene, and frankly, we needed a pick-me-up. When our co-worker surprised us with a bowl of M&Ms and gummi bears, we pounced on it. As I was munching on candy, and already wondering how I'd keep it local for dinner, another colleague came up with a second surprise: an invitation to Back Forty that night for one of Peter Hoffman's famous crab boils. Heck yes! Peter was seated with his family at the table next to ours and came over several times to chat, catching up on the post-storm state of the farms he's shopped from for years to stock his restaurants. It was only slightly awkward to chat with him while my hands were covered in Old Bay and crab meat. Aye. The dinner included three rounds of crabs, corn on the cob, new potatoes, and a really lovely blueberry and peach cobbler. Happy September first!

Friday, Sept 2

I have a dangerous addiction to Baker's Bounty's cinnamon buns. I usually cave at least once a week and eat one for breakfast on either a Tuesday or Friday-- the days the City Hall market lures me over from the office. This is how Day 2 of the Locavore  Challenge began. For lunch I packed the leftover potatoes from the crab boil and some green beans I'd steamed and tossed in butter and salt. I also munched on these incredible little red seedless grapes from Wager's Cider Mill pretty much all day long. In the evening my roommate and I and a pack of friends rode our bikes to Coney Island for the final Friday fireworks show of the summer. The ride along the water, under the Verrazano Bridge was stunning at sunset, and by the time we made it to the board walk, I was starving. I'd thought about packing some more of the green beans, but then got shy and thought our crew would find my locavorism a bit overwrought. Instead I got a vegetarian torta from one of the concession stands which I ate on a beach blanket, in the dark, beneath the amazing fireworks. No one would have noticed my green beans, or cared for that matter. When I got back to Prospect Heights I was craving ice cream. Luckily the bodega outside my subway stop carries Ronnybrook's ice cream. I had a small bowl of coffee when I got home, and chalked up both the torta and the late night ice cream to a necessary last taste of summer.

Saturday, Sept 3

I went to the Fort Greene Greenmarket before breakfast and stocked up on the last of Wilklow Orchards' amazing heirloom tomatoes and stone fruit from Toigo, then biked back to my apartment to eat. I had a nectarine, and then cut up the rest of the melons left over from our 35th celebration. What to do with all that melon??? Melon soup, perhaps? Melon margaritas. My roommate and I managed to eat a good deal of it right then, but there is still so much left over! Then I went up to the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket which was as busy as ever. I implored everyone I ran into to buy as many of Evolutionary Organics and Bradley Farms' heirloom tomatoes as they could-- due to severe flood damage, this was the last day either of them would have tomatoes for sale at market. When I got home (with two bunches of gladiolas from Bradley Farms tucked under my arm) I made a killer BLT using Wilklow's tomatoes (half a Green Zebra and half a Yellow Pineapple), duck bacon from Hudson Valley Duck, and smeared a slice of Bread Alone's Tuscan loaf with chive mayonaise. Much later in the day I visited the Smorgasburg where I sampled fresh salsa made by the Brooklyn Grange and Anarchy in a Jar's seasonal apricot jam. Around 7 p.m. I was treated to some insanely good (though probably not local) lamb "lolipops" and Merguez sausage sandwiches at a barbecue to end all barbecues. A second last taste of summer, I told myself.

Sunday, Sept 4

For breakfast I had Tello's Green Farm eggs, sunny side up, topped with chives from Rexcroft Farm and Ray Bradley's famous paprika, a slice of Bread Alone's Tuscan loaf toasted with Ronnybrook butter and Ray's honey, and ate some more of the Wager's red seedless grapes. Over the course of the day I grazed on Toigo nectarines, at a half a tomato sandwich with more Wilklow tomatoes, and then went to a barbecue and a birthday party at which I sampled (local) kale salad, baked beans, Acme smoked fish and Sixpoint beer and (not-so-local) cheese, crackers, banana cream pie.

Sunday, Sept 5

For breakfast I had Tello's Green Farm eggs, sunny side up, topped with chives from Rexcroft Farm and Ray Bradley's famous paprika, a slice of Bread Alone's Tuscan loaf toasted with Ronnybrook butter and Ray's honey, and ate some more of the Wager's red seedless grapes. Over the course of the day I grazed on Toigo nectarines, at a half a tomato sandwich with more Wilklow tomatoes, and then went to a barbecue and a birthday party at which I sampled (local) kale salad, baked beans, Acme smoked fish and Sixpoint beer and (not-so-local) cheese, crackers, banana cream pie.

Monday, Sept 6

Monday, Labor Day, wound up being both a day off of work, and a day off of my commitment to the Locavore Challenge. For shame, Jeanne! I woke up before sunrise to dance to the steel drum bands gathered around the Brooklyn Public Library for J'ouvert, the sunrise party before the West Indian Day parade. When I wandered back down to my neighborhood at 7:30 a.m., I treated myself to a bagel and cream cheese-- not local in the least-- which I took home topped with slices of Wilklow tomatoes. In the afternoon my roommate and some friends walked along Eastern Parkway as we took in the parade and about as much West Indian food as we could handle-- roti, conch fritters, jerk chicken, mac 'n cheese. For shame, for shame! And yet, so delicious. I promise I will do better this week.

Tuesday, Sept 7

Jeanne: Breakfast: Bread Alone Tuscan loaf toast with Ronnybrook butter and Bradley Farm's honey, my last nectarine from Toigo. Lunch: stewed Turtle Beans from Cayuga Pure Organics, the rest of the honeydew melon from Cherry Lane (finally!!), and a slice of homemade plum tart from a truly wonderful co-worker. Plums from Red Jacket Orchards, buckwheat flour crust with flour from Cayuga Pure Organics. Dinner: We ate out at Palo Santo to celebrate my friend Tal's birthday. The menu is sourced mainly from what's available at the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket, and what the chef is able to grow on his roof. I had bites of a knock-out watermelon gazpacho and a bluefish entree. I sipped on Sauvignon Blanc from Long Island's Channing Daughters Estate, and for dessert shared blueberry cobbler.

Wednesday, Sept 8

Breakfast and dinner were a little bread and butter, sandwiching, if you will, a local feast of epic proportion at ABC Kitchen for a special luncheon. Chef Dan Kluger can often be spied making the rounds at the Union Square Greenmarket. He worked wonders with mushrooms, strawberries, diver scallops, jalapeños, anise hyssop, chicken liver, corn, golden beets, and more herbs than I could keep track of-- all of which we managed to make room for. There was pate, pizza, a burger, sides, two desserts. I am well aware of the fact that I am living a charmed life, and should note that a lunch like this is not the norm, though insanely rich and delicious.

Thursday, Sept 9

Still in recovery from yesterday's ABC experience, I had a little toast with Anarchy in a Jar's 3's Company berry jam. For lunch I had some more sautéed turtle beans from Cayuga Pure Organics with the last of Wilklow's green heirloom tomatoes and fresh chives, and shared some super-creamy polenta (CPO) and sautéed Kernan's okra that Liz made.

Help Greenmarket Farmers Weather Hurricane Irene

August 29, 2011
Posted in Greenmarket

A huge thank you to all of the customers, food writers, and chefs who have reached out in search of information regarding our farmers and the impact that Hurricane Irene has had on their land, businesses, and families. It is times like these that we realize how truly vast and caring the Greenmarket community is.

We won't know for the days and weeks to come exactly how devastating the winds and flooding were to our growers, but we know already that many have been severely impacted. While farmers are assessing the damage and figuring out how to move forward, here are two ways you can help:

1. Donate.

Give what you can, but those of you donating $50 or more and dedicating it to "Hurricane Relief" between now and September 30 will receive a free Greenmarket poster illustrated by artist Claudia Pearson. 100% of all donations will directly support Greenmarket farmers impacted by Hurricane Irene.

Instructions for donating:
Go to our Network for Good donation page
Choose Program Designation: Hurricane Irene Relief


2. Eat locally for all of September.

Join Greenmarket and NOFA-NY as we celebrate the glorious month that is September, when summer tomatoes and eggplant are sharing the table with newly arrived winter squash and cauliflower. Eat an all local meal every day, host a locally-sourced potluck visit a Greenmarket-inspired restaurant, and tell us all about it (submit photos and stories to Liz Carollo at

Register here.

Thank you for supporting Greenmarket farmers!

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