Greenmarket School Tours

Our spring 2019 schedule is completely booked.  We will ONLY contact you if there is a cancellation.  You can click here to be added to our waiting list.  Please note that the on-line request form for fall tours will go live just after Labor Day.  (In August we will post the exact date the form will go live.)


Are you a teacher interested in helping your students gain a better understanding of local agriculture and the importance of eating fresh, seasonal foods in a fun and interactive way?  Then bring your students on a Greenmarket School Tour! School Tours at Greenmarkets introduce the concepts of seasonality, local food and sustainable agriculture to over 6,000 students each year. Tour curricula are grade-level appropriate and involve an exploratory walk-through of the market, fun seasonal tastings of Greenmarket farmer products, and take-home activities and recipes. Our interactive outdoor tours allow children to discover the diverse varieties and delicious flavors of farm fresh food and explore the lively community created by farmers markets.Tours are available at any of our weekday Greenmarkets and last about 45-60 minutes.


  • Click here to request a Spring 2019 Greenmarket school tour.  (Note- there are no school buses available on:  April 19-26, May 27, and June 4, 6, and 11.  The last day for school bus service for field trips is June 14, 2019.  School buses may not leave schools prior to 9:30 and must return by 1:30, so if you are using a school bus, please request your tour for 10:30 or 11:30.)
  • A reservation email with online payment details and program information, including date & time, will be sent to you with payment instructions.
  • Please be sure to arrange your school bus or alternate transportation.  Here are pick up /drop off sites for all of our markets (scroll to lower half of site).
  • New since fall 2018 - all students attending Greenmarket tours must have a signed waiver form which can be viewed here.
  • New in 2019: Greenmarket Bucks (GMB)*

*Greenmarket Bucks (GMB) Teachers now have the option of ordering Greenmarket Bucks (GMB) for their classes. GMBs are vouchers that can be used to buy fruits and vegetables from any Greenmarket producer. Each voucher is worth $2.00. By giving each student a GMB, you ensure that each child will have a couple of dollars to spend on healthy food at the end of their Greenmarket tour and no student will be left out. GMBs are an optional add-on to your program. Students are always welcome to bring cash to spend in the Greenmarket. Greenmarket educators will give the pre-ordered GMBs to teachers at the conclusion of the tour.

If you are interested in purchasing GMBs, please indicate that at the end of your on-line request form. You may purchase the amount of GMBs you want when you pay for your school tour.

(Please note, the purchase price of $2.30 includes a 15% service fee.)

Class Size (Chaperones must remain with their group at all times.)

  • K-5th: Groups must provide a minimum of 1 adult chaperone for every 5 children. 
  • 6th grade and up: Groups must provide a minimum of 1 adult chaperone for every 10 children. 

Payment Policy

  • Cost for each tour: 
    • $52 for Public and Charter schools* 
    • $152 for Private and Independent Schools 
  • Payment is due in full by the date specified in your tour request email.  If payment isn’t received by this time we’ll remove the HOLD on your requested date and can’t guarantee a future date.
  • Credit Cards are preferred; checks and purchase order payments accepted only upon email request

*GrowNYC recognizes that the cost of school tours for public schools ($52) may be a hardship for some. Additionally, we encourage self-contained special education classes to participate in tours, and we understand that their small size means that parents pay a disproportionately larger amount for tours. Please let us know if you feel the cost is prohibitive for your class, and we can discuss free or reduced pricing.

Cancellation Policy

  • All cancellations must be made via email by noon on the day prior to your scheduled tour. You will be offered the opportunity to reschedule for another date at the discretion of the Greenmarket Youth Education Coordinator. Payments for cancelled tours that are not rescheduled will not be refunded. (The exception is tours canceled for weather, see below.)
  • All tours are conducted outside. Tours may be cancelled by Greenmarket in the case of inclement weather. If a tour is cancelled due to weather and cannot be rescheduled, payment will be refunded in full. Teachers will be contacted at the contact number provided the morning of your scheduled tour OR feel free to email the Greenmarket Youth Education Coordinator by noon the day prior to your tour in case weather is a foreseen issue. 

Weather Conditions

Generally, tours are held rain or shine but may be cancelled by school officials or Greenmarket Youth Education for weather related reasons. Please encourage children to dress appropriately for outdoor activities.


Thanks to generous donations from Slow Food NYC and other generous donors, while supplies last, schools with student bodies over 70% eligible for free lunch will receive a modest stipend of Greenmarket Bucks to shop with at the end of the tour. These Greenmarket Bucks and Health Bucks are used to buy fresh fruit and vegetables, including food bearing plants, for the students to enjoy together as a class.

Please join GrowNYC for the Whole Foods 5% Day Community Giving Program on Thursday, April 18.

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