• Farmers Markets in New York City

    Posted by   |  July 30, 2015
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    4028463067_7c86d97eb0_oSummer is now in full swing, which means it is the perfect time to seek out those farmers markets or Greenmarkets for fresh, local food. Greenmarket is a GrowNYC program consisting of a network of farmers markets, Youthmarkets, fresh food box pick-ups, and Greenmarket Co. to provide small family farms the opportunity to sell their locally grown products directly to consumers and to ensure that all New Yorkers have access to the freshest, healthiest local food.

    Why should you support these Greenmarkets?

    • For tastier food. Since there is no need for long-distance shipping or sitting for weeks in storage, fruits and vegetables are brought directly to you at their freshest and tastiest. You get seasonal produce at its peak!
    • To support local farmers. Buying directly from local family farms helps them compete against the growing agribusiness that dominates food production in the U.S. and save farmland in New York.
    • To protect the environment. Food in the U.S. usually travels an average of 1,500 miles to get to your plate consuming a vast amount of natural resources for both transportation and packaging. Food at farmers markets comes from local farms so no unnecessary pollution occurs.
    • For your health. Most food you find in a grocery store is highly processed or grown using pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, and genetic modification. Some of it has been irradiated, waxed, or gassed in transit. In contrast, most food found at a farmers market is minimally processed and grown sustainably.
    • For variety. Though the food is seasonal, you can often find much more variety at a farmers market than your average grocery store. Lessen known fruits and vegetables can often be found at these markets so it can be a great time to try a new fruit or vegetable.
    • To know where your food came from. A farmers market is the best way to discover where your food comes from. It provides the opportunity to discuss how or where your food is produced, and you can even get recipes and cooking tips from the farmer who grew your food.
    • To connect with your community. Unlike a grocery store, a farmers market can be a place to meet up with friends or family. It brings a taste of small-town life into a big city.

    There are over 50 market locations in the five boroughs, find the Greenmarket closest to you!

    By Breanna Giovanniello

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