Every day is Greenpoint Day, but today – Sunday 10/29 at 12:30pm is the first annual Greenpoint Day – a big block party in Winthrop/McGolrick park. Come out and celebrate Greenpoint old and new! It will be one big party with a live DJ, classic Rock Bands, barbecue, games, prizes, blow up rides and more! Bring the whole family and your own food
There’s a simple phrase that means a lot to many people: E.B.T. Available. For people at Down to Earth Farmers Markets, it means that there is an Electronic Benefits Terminal available to process Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for the purchase of fresh, local food.
As of Sunday, June 9th, McGolrick Park’s Down to Earth Farmers Market will have E.B.T. available. (Cooper Park’s Down to Earth Farmers Market in East Williamsburg already does!)
“It takes a little behind the scenes effort to implement the electronic benefit terminals, such as filing paperwork with the state and training the market managers, but it’s work we are happy to complete,” said Frankie Rowland of Down to Earth Markets. “Our vendors also jump in to help out with some of the cost and administration of running the program. It’s a community effort to broaden the local food community!”
Also, beginning in July, the NYC Department of Health offers a $2 coupon for every $5 of SNAP benefits spent at one of our EBT markets. Please visit the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene at nyc.gov to learn more about this program.
And the farmers market continues to expand! At McGolrick Park, we now have FOUR local farms with amazing produce: Alex’s Tomato Farm, Great Road Farm, Garden of Eve, and Brooklyn Grange. They are all small-scale farms bringing seasonal fruits and vegetables, grown with care for the environment.
In addition to the growers, we now have fresh fish from American Pride Seafood, homemade tempeh from Grown in Brooklyn, pasture-raised poultry and meats from Stone & Thistle, and expert charcuterie from Brooklyn Cured. This market also has Horman’s Best Pickles (and we all know Nick named his company RIGHT), incredible breads from Orwashers, the best seasonal pies ever from Pie & Lady & Son, and locally-roasted nuts, nut butters, granola, and more from Tierra Farm.
AND have you visited the newest market vendor: La Newyorkina? She makes Mexican-style ice pops and frozen treats that are the perfect respite from the summer heat.
Want to help us get a compost drop-off site up and running at the McGolrick market? Stop by and talk to the market manager, Ellie, this Sunday. She’s taking down names of volunteers to create a compost program. The shifts would be only two hours long, every few weeks. (The more volunteers, the more weeks between the shifts.) We’ve been working with the wonderful ladies at BIG! Compost in Astoria to make this possibility. BIG! Compost will train all volunteers in one easy session. We hope to get this going as soon as this month. Join us.
McGolrick Park Market: every Sunday, 11 am to 4 pm, at the corner of Nassau Avenue and Russell Street.
Thank you for supporting your local farmers market!
Sponsored post courtesy of Down to Earth Markets.
I quit my job specifically to have more time to create ridiculous bird videos! This pigeon puts on a bling bread necklace in this video I shot in Winthrop (McGolrick) Park in Greenpoint. This is what unemployment is all about!
Here’s some pictures I took in or around McGolrick Park, Greenpoint.
This Sunday, April 7th, McGolrick Park’s Down to Earth Farmers Market begins its second season at the corner of Russell St and Nassau Ave. The market will run every Sunday through the end of December, 11 am – 4pm. As we prepare for Opening Day, let’s sit back, take a deep breath, and remember:
Brooklyn Cured: Scott and his crew make the best charcuterie this borough has ever had. Lamb sausage with yogurt and olives, country pate, New York Style hot dogs, and more.
Grown in Brooklyn: Barry with his hot wok, stirring up tempeh samples. He creates tempeh with unique mixes of beans and grains: White bean and brown rice; soybeans and toasted walnuts, to name a couple. He also makes market salads with peanut sauce. Fresh tempeh tamales. Get it to go, right then and there.
Horman’s Best Pickles: Nick and friends bring big barrels full of brine-soaked pickles: red flannels, sweet and sour, new dill. They’ll let you try a bite of anything – and everything.
Orwashers Bakery: Walt starts every market morning behind a fortress piled high of bread. Bit by bit, all day long, he is freed by the lines of people coming to buy the loaves. And he rocks out to the radio. Sourdough, Rye, Chardonnay Miche, Ciabatta, round Pumpkin loaves in the fall…
Pie Lady & Son: Will brings stacks of white boxes full of pies by his uber-talented mama. Pies that change with the harvest – blueberry pies in early summer; apple pies arrive in the fall. And many others. Some people leave with 3 or 4 boxes in a day. It’s true. You know you’ve seen it, too. You. Know.
Tierra Farm: Locally-roasted, fair trade coffees, nuts, and original nut butters with Lea. Granola. Crack. Ok, maybe not crack. But a similar addictive quality.
All of these vendors are returning as of this Sunday. AND there’s more:
FISH! American Pride Seafood, owned by two fisherman from Long Island, is going to bring fresh, fileted fish from the Atlantic Ocean every Sunday. Their catch varies with the water’s offerings and often includes swordfish, fluke, pollack, bay scallops and more. Every week is a new week from the water.
Pastured-raised beef, lamb, and goat! Stone & Thistle Farm is excited for their first day at the market this Sunday. The farm is owned and operated by Tom and Denise Warren, with their kids, and located upstate in East Meredith, NY. By Memorial Day weekend, they’ll have fresh chickens raised on their open pasture land, too.
Sandwiches to go! Saucy by Nature, the Brooklyn-based condiment company home to amazing seasonal sauces will have sandwiches to go starting on Sunday, April 14th. You know the Sunday morning choice between going to brunch or to the farmers market? This will be one less choice to make: brunch time AT the market.
Lastly – yet certainly not least – the growers! As the harvest comes in, the farmers are eager to return to McGolrick Park. Starting in June, we welcome Great Road Farm, Garden of Eve, Brooklyn Grange, and Alex’s Tomato Farm. Come ‘mon, Lady Spring, work your magic and bring on the fruits & veggies.
On behalf of Down to Earth Farmers Markets, thank you, Greenpointers, for supporting local food and farmers at McGolrick Park. Also, thank you to NY State Assemblyman Joe Lentol and his staff for helping us open in the early spring. It’s will be so nice to be back!
Sponsored Post Courtesy of Down To Earth Markets.
*Date change: Because of closing of parks for Hurricane Sandy the date for the parade has been moved to 11/4.
It’s that time of year again! This Sunday (11/4) at 1pm, Greenpoint dogs get dressed up in ridiculously awkward halloween costumes and strut their mutts through McGolrick (I mean Wintrop) Park, on this side of McGuinness. This is one of those events that make me wonder if aliens observed this what would they think about the human species?
My favorite costume last year was a dog dressed up like an air conditioner. Check out the video we did last year!
If you just can’t get enough doggie dress-up, Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Contest is this Saturday (10/27) in McCarren Park.
What will you be dressing up your pooch as this year?
I was so delighted when I got this great news from Nicole Reed, the hero who is behind starting the petition to get a green market in McGolrick Park!
“Hi Jen: I’m happy to report that Community Markets has confirmed the farmers market at McGolrick Park will open on June 3rd! As of then, it will run every Sunday, from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, through November 18th, 2012. We are confirming vendors as I write this, and so far we’re lining up a wide variety of local produce, cheeses, meats, pickles, honey, breads and baked goods. The vendors will set up along the Russell Street sidewalk, with ample space for everybody, between Driggs and Nassau Avenues.
Community Markets wishes to thank everyone who encouraged this market by signing the petition of support. We also thank the Community Board 1, Stephanie Thayer of the Open Space Alliance, District Leader Lincoln Restler, Reverend Griffin Thomas of The Lutheran Church of the Messiah, and the Friends of McGolrick Park. This market is happening due to their community advocacy — and the vocal support of many others. We’re thrilled to bring fresh foods from regional farmers and artisanal producers to Greenpoint!
AND there’s more: Due to an under served demand for local food in our area, Community Markets is also opening a farmers market at Cooper Park in East Williamsburg. It will also begin on June 3rd and run every Sunday through November 18th, from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Shoppers will find their vendors on the Maspeth Avenue side of the park. We’re getting enthusiastic response from area farmers about this market, too, and we’ll forward the full vendor list once it is confirmed.
Nicole Reed, who began petitioning for a Farmer’s Market in McGolrick park sent me some positive feedback and updates:
The first meeting on 1/30 to discuss the possibility of a Farmer’s Market at McGolrick Park, with 709 signatures in hand, along with the support from District Leader Lincoln Restler, Morgan Pehme of the Friends of McGolrick Park, and Rev. Griffin Thomas of the Church of the Messiah was a success.
Community Markets is on the agenda to present tomorrow night, Thurs., 2/23 at 6:30pm, before the Parks and Waterfront Committee of Community Board 1 of Brooklyn. Location: 435 Graham Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211. This meeting is open to the public. Please attend to show your support.
Here on “this side” of Greenpoint, we are very proud of our park that goes by the name of Winthrop or McGolrick depending on what century you moved or were born here. While we can’t agree on the name, we all love this hidden gem of a public park.
The McGolrick Park School Alliance has recently formed in order to get surrounding schools (P.S. 110, St. Stan’s & P.S. 34) to collaborate in clean-up and beautification of our park, starting March 2012 through November 2012.
There are some really cool events planned including a grass-seeding, tree planting, an art show, nature workshops led by the Hall of Science, a craft/painting day and a compost project. Count me in!
The group needs funding in order to accomplish these goals, which will make the park better for ALL to enjoy. The alliance needs a little over $2000 to make it all happen. You can donate to this project here. Even $1 helps, so fork it over!
Tonight, January 30, 2012, there will be a community board meeting (435 Graham Ave @ Frost) at 6:30pm regarding the proposed Farmer’s Market at McGolrick/Winthrop Park. With over 500 signatures, there is strong support from the community. Please make sure to sign the petition and be at the meeting to show your support. Greenpointers’ fingers are crossed. The market will be a great weekly meeting place for neighbors and families to have access to local and sustainable food.