Greenmarket Taste and Tour

Greenmarket Taste and Tour connects New York City senior centers and nonprofits serving adult communities with their neighborhood Greenmarket and its farmers. Our nutrition lessons enhance awareness of how food choices impact our bodies, our communities, and the environment. Greenmarket Taste and Tour provides fun, social outings and cooking demonstrations that benefit the physical and emotional health of New York City’s adult communities.  

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Greenmarket Tour

The Greenmarket tour focuses on the concept of local, seasonal food.  A brief introduction is followed by an exploratory walk through the market, including Q & A with farmers, a tasting of Greenmarket farmer products, and take-home recipes.  Participants will also learn about services available at Greenmarket, such as SNAP/EBT, textile recycling, and composting.

When/Where: Tours are outdoors and take place at any weekday Greenmarket. Tours may be scheduled for a maximum of 20 people, Monday-Friday during the spring and fall.  Groups are encouraged to tour their neighborhood Greenmarket to experience what is readily available within their community.  Tours are 45-60 minutes.  For a full listing of our markets, please visit:  http://www.grownyc.org/greenmarket/ourmarkets

HEALTH BUCKS: When funds are available, tour participants may receive a $2 voucher to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from Greenmarket farmers at the end of the tour.

NYC Department for the Aging (DFTA) Nutrition Education Credit - "The Taste and Tour program will count towards the requirements for nutrition education." -- NYC DFTA, April 2017

Optional Add-on - Presentation at Your Center

For those centers located within ½ mile (or 5 subway stops)* of a Greenmarket, Greenmarket staff will visit your center to introduce you to the Greenmarket, explaining who we are, where we are, and what we do. Presentations will include information about benefits accepted in the markets, including SNAP/EBT, Health Bucks, and more.  Staff will also present information about healthy eating and perform a cooking demonstration using Greenmarket produce – with a sampling for attendees.  This presentation is typically done prior to the Greenmarket tour as an introduction to the market.

When/Where:  Greenmarket staff can visit your center any time during the year that is convenient for you.  Presentations are 45-60 minutes.  There is no limit on the number of attendees.  The presentation at your center should occur before the tour.

*Limited exceptions can be made to this distance on a case-by-case basis.  Please contact Susie Spodek: sspodek@grownyc.org for more information.

For information about the activities we offer call 212-788-7900 or email Susie Spodek at sspodek@grownyc.org 

MARKET RIDE: Through an arrangement with the NYC Department of Education and DFTA, school buses can be booked by DFTA community partners to take seniors on shopping trips between the hours of 9:30 and 1:30, October through May, when school is in session. Market Ride takes seniors to supermarkets, Farmers Markets and other greengrocers where they can purchase nutritious food. Trips must be booked four weeks before trip date. To book a school bus for your tour, please contact DFTA by emailing dftaschoolbuses@aging.nyc.gov or calling their office at 212-602-4452. 
The Center for the Independence of the Disabled, NY, posted a website with Access-A-Ride drop off/pick up sites for every Greenmarket.  These addresses can also be used to arrange buses.  

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