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

    GrowNYC is happy to announce a free training available to nonprofit organizations and community groups interested in operating a food box or farm stand in their neighborhood. Attend our Information Session on January 10 to learn more. 

    • Food Access & Agriculture

      Our network of Greenmarket farmers markets, Farmstands, and Fresh Food Box sites, coupled with GrowNYC Wholesale, ensures that all New Yorkers have access to the freshest, healthiest local food.

    • Zero Waste

      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 gardens and urban farms 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.