Greenmarket Facts

Greenmarket Facts:

  • 48 market locations in the five boroughs, several locations operate multiple days per week
  • 26 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 $1,000,000 in 2016
  • 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

In a moment where New Yorkers have turned to parks and gardening to ease the mental and emotional strain the Covid-19 pandemic has taken on residents, when the need for education surrounding nutrition and health couldn’t be more critical, the same nonprofits that make green space and nutrition education possible are in danger of going under, while vital city agencies like the New York City Parks Department’s GreenThumb program are facing severe budget cuts.

  • Food Access & Agriculture

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

  • Conservation

    We provide food scrap drop-offs, clothing collections, Stop 'N' Swap® community reuse events, and zero waste trainings to make resource conservation easy for all.

  • Green Space

    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.

  • Education

    We foster future environmental stewards by providing 66,000 children each year with programs that provide meaningful interactions with the natural environment.