While I love working from my home office in Greenpoint, I will admit that I miss making midweek lunch runs to the small Dag Hammarskjold Greenmarket to replenish my crisper drawer. I’m a frequent shopper at both the Saturday Greenpoint/McCarren Park Greenmarket and the Sunday McGolrick Park Down to Earth market, but weekend trips and beach days can take precedence; there were many times when that midweek market was my only chance at fresh heirloom tomatoes, a huge $2 bunch of kale, or a bag of apples. So, when GrowNYC announced a new Tuesday market for McCarren Park, I was over the moon! Rejoice, fellow Greenpoint & Williamsburg farmers market shoppers!

Basil & zucchini from S & S.O.

The market officially opened last Tuesday, the 19th and will run every Tuesday until November 22nd (the Tuesday before Thanksgiving). The market is smaller than either of our weekend farmers markets with just six vendors currently, all of which can also be found at the Saturday market. The big produce stalls of Red Jacket Orchards with their apples, plums, cherries, currants, apricots, peaches, berries and fresh juice from Ontario County, NY; and S & S.O. with tons of vegetables from Orange County, NY anchor the market much like on Saturdays. (A little GrowNYC history: S & S.O. was also one of Greenmarket’s founding farmers in 1976.)

Peaches & nectarines from Maynard Farm & Orchards

Those looking for more orchard fruit will find Maynard Farms & Orchards from Ulster County, NY, while anyone needing anything in regards to delicious mushrooms should stop by Madura Farms, from Orange County.

The currant selection from Red Jacket Orchards

Haywood’s Fresh, from Columbia County, NY is selling their grass-fed beef, all-natural pork, and pasture-raised chickens and eggs. Last but definitely not least, are the scrumptious pastries and bread from Brooklyn’s own Runner & Stone. Additionally, GrowNYC will be starting textile and compost collection on August 9th (8am – 2pm). There will be market recipes and cooking demonstrations at the market manager’s table. As with the Saturday market, cash, EBT/Food Stamps, Debit/Credit, WIC Vegetable & Fruit checks, and FMNP coupons are accepted. Plus, for every $5 spent in EBT, customers receive a $2 Health Buck coupon to purchase additional fruits and vegetables.

The Greenpoint/McCarren Park Greenmarket is located at N. 12th Street and Union Avenue, and is open every Tuesday (until Nov. 22nd) and Saturday (year round), 8am – 3pm.


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