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Holiday Love From McGolrick Park Farmers Market

Christopher Washington of Radicle Farm Company

Greetings! On behalf of everyone behind the McGolrick Park Farmers Market, Happy Holiday season. We raise our glass to peace on Earth and goodwill to all.

Stop by the market this Sunday, December 28th, and next Sunday, January 4th, 2015 for good wishes and great foods by local farmers and food makers. We are open every Sunday, from 11 am to 4 pm, all winter. It’s warm and cozy at our home inside the Lutheran Church of the Messiah, 129 Russell Street, between Driggs and Nassau Avenues.

The market offers fresh seafood, pasture-raised meat, delicious charcuterie, amazing pickles, handcrafted tempeh, seasonal fruits and vegetables, Japanese-inspired dressings and marinades, incredible breads, pies, and other baked specialties, fresh, “living” greens (more to come on this), thick and creamy yogurt, and Fair Trade nuts, coffees, and more.  Continue reading

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Autumn News from the McGolrick Park Farmers Market

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McGolrick Park Farmers Market

Happy Autumn, Greenpoint, from Down to Earth Markets, the crew behind the McGolrick Park Farmers Market. We’re writing with the latest market news, including an important announcement: On Sunday, November 30th, the market will move indoors to the Lutheran Church of the Messiah! The church is located at 129 Russell Street, between Driggs and Nassau Avenues. This will be our second winter in this location, and we thank Pastor Amy Kienzle and the church community for hosting us during the chilly months. The market will be held every Sunday, from 11 am to 4 pm, throughout the winter, including over the holiday weekends.  Continue reading

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Farm Dinner to Benefit Lineage Farm CSA – 50% OFF – This Thursday! (5/15) – SOLD OUT

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Lineage Farm CSA Produce

What is better than a delicious and healthy farm to table dinner to benefit local sustainable farming? The same farm to table dinner at 50% off!

The 2nd Annual Farm Dinner to benefit Lineage Farm CSA – your local CSA that provides Greenpoint with fresh local veggies from June to November – is on Thursday, May 15th at 7pm at Eat (124 Meserole Ave). It’s $20 at the door & only $10 when you mention Greenpointers. And it’s FREE for current member or new sign-ups. Continue reading

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McGolrick Park Farmers Market is Moving Outside – AND INTO THE PARK!

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Strawberries will soon make their debut at McGolrick Park Farmers Market!

On Sunday, May 11, McGolrick Park’s Down to Earth Farmers Market is moving outside to the center of McGolrick Park. That’s right: We’re going to stretch out into the big, open space, in front of the crescent-shaped colonnade. It will be a beautiful setting for a market that is flourishing because of your support. Thank you!! Continue reading

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Market Update: McGolrick Park’s Winter Down to Earth Farmers Market Opens THIS Sunday (1/5)

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Greenpoint, we are getting ready to see you on Sunday!

As a reminder: Through the winter, the McGolrick Park Farmers Market will be located at the Lutheran Church of the Messiah (129 Russell St). Thank you, Pastor Amy Kienzle and crew! Continue reading

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McGolrick Park’s Down to Earth Farmers Market Moves Inside! Plus Compost Drop-Off!

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Lutheran Church of The Messiah (129 Russell St) Hosts Winter Farmers Market

Down to Earth Markets is delighted to announce that the McGolrick Park Farmers Market will move indoors for the winter months to the Lutheran Church of the Messiah beginning on Sunday January 5, 2014. The church is located at 129 Russell Street, directly across the street from the market’s current outdoor location on Russell Street, between Driggs and Nassau Avenues. The market will continue to be held every Sunday, from 11 am to 4 pm. Continue reading

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That’s a BIG FISH! Brooklyn Fishing Derby 2013 Winner Announced!

John Ruffino wearing a Kusillo Mask caught a 36" Striped Bass in Long Island City © BKUAA

While crossing over the East River during my daily ride on the East River Ferry, I would often see fishermen cast their lines into the dark polluted waters, hanging out on India Street Pier having a good time, in the rain or sunshine.  Some of them were members of Brooklyn Urban Anglers Association, whose fishing derby this year would end with an East River Fish Fry. Continue reading

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McGolrick Park Down To Earth Farmers Market is EBT Available This Weekend! (6/9)

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!

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McGolrick Park Farmers Market Opening Day Photo Recap

The McGolrick Park Farmer’s Market is back and better than ever – and the vegetables aren’t even harvested yet! There was meat, seafood, pickles, breads, nuts and of course pie! Check out the full vendor list here. Even better, we ran into so many familiar faces. We look forward to week after week of local and sustainable bounty. Happy Spring!

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McGolrick Park’s Down to Earth Farmers Market Returns This Sunday, 4/7!

And…WE’RE BACK!

This Sunday, April 7thMcGolrick 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 FarmGarden of EveBrooklyn 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.


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