Greenmarket Facts

Greenmarket Facts:

  • 54 market locations in the five boroughs, several locations operate multiple days per week
  • 23 market locations operate year-round
  • Over 250,000 customers frequent the markets every week in peak season
  • Over 150 acclaimed restaurants obtain ingredients from Greenmarket farmers each week
  • 8,000 students participate in Greenmarket's educational programs each year
  • In 2015, Greenmarket led 33 senior tours with approximately 650 participants
  • Greenmarket producers donated almost 1 million pounds of food to City Harvest, the Food Bank for New York City and other hunger relief organizations in 2014
  • Over $2.58 million in Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) coupons were redeemed by Greenmarket farmers in 2015
  • Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT)/Food Stamps accepted at 52 markets in 2015, up from 3 markets in 2005, with sales going from $1000 in 2005 to over $894,000 in 2015
  • HealthBuck distribution totaled over $298,000 in 2015

Farmer Facts:

  • 224 regional farmers and food producers attend Greenmarkets (23 certified Organic, 2 certified Animal Welfare Approved, 3 certified Naturally Grown)
  • 165 from New York, 35 from New Jersey, 13 from Pennsylvania, 5 from Connecticut, 4 from Vermont, 1 from Massachusetts and 1 from Rhode Island
  • 108 vegetable, small fruit and orchard growers
  • 49 livestock farmers (meat, dairy, poultry, wool)
  • 18 producers of honey, maple syrup, preservesor wine
  • 26 growers of plants, flowers & evergreen trees
  • 17 bakers
  • 8 fishers & aquaculturists

Greenmarket Farmers:

  • own or lease 33,000 acres of farmland
  • cultivate 20,000 acres
  • have placed over 1,000 acres in farmland protection programs, ensuring that the land will never be developed
  • travel a median distance of 90 miles between their farm and NYC

Vegetable Farm Sizes:

  • Largest 900 acres
  • Median 50 acres
  • Smallest 2 acres

Orchard Sizes:

  • Largest 980 acres
  • Median 118 acres
  • Smallest 24 acres

Livestock Farm Sizes:

  • Largest 2250 acres
  • Median 155 acres
  • Smallest 5 acres

    Greenmarket Farmers Grow:

    • 47 varieties of peas and beans
    • 120 varieties of apples
    • 170 varieties of tomatoes
    • 350 varieties of peppers

    This week, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced New York State's investment of $15 million in the construction of a new Greenmarket Regional Food Hub in the Bronx. The hub, which will be used by GrowNYC's Greenmarket Co. program, will be a state-of-the-art 120,000 square foot facility that will greatly increase New Yorkers' access to the freshest, most nutritious locally grown food the region has to offer.

    • 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.