Greenmarket 40th Anniversary

Happy 40th Anniversary, Greenmarket! Greenmarket was started in 1976 by community organizers Barry Benepe and Bob Lewis with a two-fold mission: to promote regional agriculture by providing small family farms the opportunity to sell their locally grown products directly to consumers, and to ensure that all New Yorkers have access to the freshest, most nutritious locally grown food the region has to offer. Today, Greenmarket programming also includes FARMroots, Greenmarket Co., Youthmarket, Fresh Food Box, and the Wholesale Greenmarket. 

40 for 40 - Greenmarket Storytelling Series
Each week, read a new story from farmers, chefs, shoppers, New Yorkers and others whose lives have been impacted by Greenmarket by following GrowNYC on We hope these stories will make you smile, make you laugh or maybe even shed a tear. We also hope these stories will inspire you to donate $40 to GrowNYC as a part of our $40 for 40 campaign so we can continue to bring the community of Greenmarket to New Yorkers for the next 40 years. We have some special vintage themed gifts for those that do.

We are seeking submissions from Greenmarket shoppers to include in our storytelling series. These aren’t just stories about how much you love the markets, these are the kind of stories you tell at dinner parties. They can be funny, touching, educational, even strange, it’s totally up to you! Submissions should be 700-900 words and can be sent to If we choose to publish your story, you’ll receive a limited edition Greenmarket 40th Anniversary tote filled with tons of Greenmarket schwag. 

Donate $40 to help us celebrate our 40th Anniversary 
Help ensure 40 more years of fresh local food in New York City. Donate $40 or more and receive a Vintage Greenmarket Tote Bag

Dr. Kathleen Merrigan visits GrowNYC's Project Farmhouse to discuss the evolution of food law and policy. 

  • Greenmarket

    Our network of farmers markets, Youthmarkets, Fresh Food Box pick-ups, and Greenmarket Co. ensures that all New Yorkers have access to the freshest, healthiest local food.

  • Recycle

    We blanket the five boroughs with resources like textile and food scrap collection, Stop 'N' Swaps, and free training to make waste reduction easy for all.

  • Garden

    We build and rejuvenate community & school gardens in all 5 boroughs, and support even more gardens through volunteer days, technical assistance, school garden grants, & more.

  • Teach

    We foster future environmental stewards by providing 60,000 children each year with programs that provide meaningful interactions with the natural environment.