Greenmarket was founded in New York City in 1976. What began as a one-day-a-week farmer’s market in Union Square supporting seven farmers has since exploded. Today, the Greenmarket runs 52 markets which supports 240 farmers in seven states.
The mission of the markets is to promote local agriculture and provide New Yorkers access to healthy locally grown foods. The program gives regional farms the opportunity to sell their products directly to city residents on a regular basis. It also allows locals to get to know those who grow the food they buy. Middlemen or brokers are not allowed.
Greenmarket’s farmers and fishers come from broad a section of the Northeast, including parts of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York and New England, providing New Yorkers with a bountiful and astoundingly diverse array of fresh foods.
There are Greenmarkets operating throughout the five boroughs of the city. The flagship location is in Union Square and is open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 8AM-6PM year round. There are over 140 different vendors on site and an estimated 60,000 shoppers on a given day.
In addition to produce and local foods, many city markets also offer compost stations, recycling collections and educational opportunities.
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