Preparing for your Greenmarket Tour!

Decide on your instructional objectives and introduce key concepts

  • Take some time to prepare your children for the visit by discussing the trip in advance.
  • Have a class discussion about where different foods come from, types of farms, farmers markets, the four seasons, how plants grow, parts of the plant we eat, and basic nutrition. With older students you can explore the environmental, social, economic and political impacts of local, sustainable family farming vs. industrialized agriculture and go into greater depth about the health benefits of eating farm fresh food vs. processed food.
  • Come up with a list of questions to ask the farmers and tour guide.

Market Manners

Please arrive on time! If you need to reschedule please email us, or if you are going to be a little late call the phone number on your tour confirmation.

Farmers are hard working people. Please show your consideration for them by reminding your class that courtesy and politeness are expected at all times. Please advise your class to listen for instruction from the tour guide and not crowd market stands as it disrupts business.

Many items sold at Greenmarket require gentle handling. Children may only pick things up, including free samples, if the farmer or tour guide gives them permission to do so. Always ask first.


Many children and teachers bring money so they can purchase items from the farmers at the end of the tour. $1-$3 can buy fresh fruit and veggies, pretzels, apple cider, yogurt drinks, a piece of farmstead cheese, and other healthy snacks.

Thank you and see you soon!

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  • 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.

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    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.

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