Greenmarket Resources & Publications

Greenmarket's latest research and publications are linked below.

EBT/food stamps reports and resources are available here.

From Farm to Bakery:
Building Value Chains for Regionally-Grown and Milled Grains

January 2013 State funds for this project were matched with Federal funds under the Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program of the Agricultural Marketing Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. Download as a PDF.

Farmers on the Edge:
An Assessment of Greenmarket Farmers' Needs, and the Growing Challenges of Keeping Their Farms Viable

November 2011 This report is the result of a year-long planning grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Download as a PDF.

Excerpts from Farmers on the Edge:

The producer-only farmers markets operated by Greenmarket allow New Yorkers the unique opportunity to speak directly to the person who grew, caught, raised, foraged or baked their food. The result is a traceable, transparent marketplace. New markets open each year to meet rising demand. Greenmarket’s farmer community comprises 230 producers who sell at 53 markets in the height of the season, double the number of markets in 1997.
In 2010, thanks to funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, GrowNYC and the Open Space Institute began a year-long project to address a major concern that threatens Greenmarket’s mission: the lack of affordable farmland in the region surrounding New York City.
While we knew farmers faced major challenges in their quest for financing and secure land, our research revealed two critical needs in addition to long-term land tenure: technical assistance to help navigate the wide menu of existing resources for farmers; and loans for annual operating expenses and one-time capital purchases. Annual operating expenses, which falls under the rubric of “working capital,” refers to liquid assets to buy things like seed, fertilizer, and tractors, and to pay for things like staff, market fees and repairs. Onetime capital purchases mean long-term investments like cattle, machinery and permanent infrastructure.
The data we collected for this report comes from an 18-page survey mailed to 203 farmers in December, 2010, which focused on land and infrastructure needs. We supplemented the data with two focus groups and over a dozen one-on-one interviews. Finally, we regularly sought feedback from our advisory committee of farmers. The vivid and personal stories we heard, coupled with the data we collected, have convinced us that more help is needed.



GrowNYC is proud to participate in Rye Week, a yearly celebration of rye as an agricultural product in New York State, which will take place from October 17 – 25.

  • 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.