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Summer 2014 in New York. Weekly Greenmarket Returns to NYBG

Summer 2014 in New York. Weekly Greenmarket Returns to NYBG
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Summer 2014 in New York. Weekly Greenmarket Returns to The New York Botanical Garden. Wednesdays, June 18–November 26, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

Tomatoes and peppers. Photo attribution George Hodan

Greenmarket, the popular farmers market of GrowNYC, returns to The New York Botanical Garden at the base of Library Allée inside the Garden’s Mosholu Gate entrance every Wednesday, June 18 through November 26, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. For the 13th year, the farmers market continues to bring affordable, locally grown produce and fresh, nutritious baked goods to the Bronx. Heart Smart activities, part of the MetLife Healthy Families Program, made possible through the generous support of MetLife Foundation, will teach visitors how easy it is to lead a heart-healthy lifestyle and improve their cardiovascular health. Visitors can pick up a map that outlines a self-guided, narrated walking tour around the Garden.

With the return of the Greenmarket to The New York Botanical Garden, vendors from the Hudson Valley region and beyond will offer a wide array of seasonal produce. The market provides New Yorkers access to garden-fresh, delicious, and nutritional food produced by New York farmers.

In addition to purchasing tasty, locally grown food, visitors to the Greenmarket can talk to the farmers to learn more about the health benefits of gardening and eating locally. They can learn how to use produce from the market to make easy, nutrient-rich meals and find out about composting, recycling, growing vegetables, and more, at special demonstrations throughout the seasons. Visitors can also hear “What’s in Season” at the market each week by calling 718.362.9561 and pressing 406# or by visiting the Garden’s Web site at Before or after they shop at the Greenmarket, they can enjoy walking tours of the Botanical Garden, either with Garden tour guides on scheduled tours or with a self-guided walking map.

The Greenmarket attracts lovers of some of the tastiest and most healthful products New York has to offer. Overflowing stands greet shoppers with a cornucopia of just-picked, orchard-grown goods, including peaches, pears, apples, raspberries, and cherries; a wide selection of seasonal vegetables, including corn, squash, eggplant, assorted greens, and heirloom tomatoes; fragrant herbs; and sweet cider, honey, and homemade old-fashioned donuts, pies, and breads.

The market accepts EBT cards, WIC, FMNP, and Senior coupons, in addition to cash, credit cards, and debit cards, so more visitors can take advantage of the amazing bounty of produce at the Greenmarket at The New York Botanical Garden. There is free admission to the Botanical Garden grounds on Wednesday, allowing visitors to explore many of the Garden’s other offerings such as the ever-changing flowers and plant collections in the award-winning, sustainable Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden, the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden, the Perennial Garden, the inspiring Home Gardening Center, and the Native Plant Garden.

Featured vendors this year include:

Acevedo’s Farm, Orange County, N.Y.–Root vegetables, lettuce, and specialty herbs.

Gajeski Produce, Riverhead, N.Y.–A variety of vegetables, including carrots, potatoes, peppers, cucumber, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, and corn.

Goodale Farms Inc., Kingston, N.Y.–Dairy, butter, vegetables, and fruits.

Meredith’s Bread, Kingston, N.Y.–Homemade and preservative-free breads, rolls, cakes, cookies, pies, and preserves, with several lines of sugar-free, wheat-free, gluten-free, and organic baked goods.

Red Jacket Orchards, Waterloo, N.Y.–Heirloom apples and mixed orchard fruit juices, jams, and apple butter.

Video: Greenmarket at The New York Botanical Garden last year.

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