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Greenmarket is a program of the Council on the Environment of New York City, a privately funded citizens organization in the Mayor's Office. Barry Benepe founded Greenmarket in 1976. Director Tom Strumolo and Greenmarket staff are responsible for market operations, farm visits, publicizing markets, securing permits, and working with community groups, city and state agencies to find new market sites and new farmers. The largest and most well known market is the Union Square Farmer's Market, which operates year-round and is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.
are 28 individual locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, and Staten
Island. Of these 28, 10 locations operate year-round. During peak season, over
100,000 customers visit the markets every week. Approximately 200 farmers participate
in these markets and include vegetable (both traditional & organic) farmers; orchard
growers; meat, dairy, poultry and fish producers; and producers of baked goods,
honey, maple syrup, jam, wine and plants.
"Whenever I travel to a city anywhere around the world, I make it a priority to visit that city's greenmarket, or farmer's market. I've been to some great ones, and I might be a tad bit prejudiced, but I haven't been to many better than the Union Square Greenmarket here in New York City.. You'll find pickings from upstate and New Jersey farms, fresh fish from Long Island, homemade cheese and other dairy products, baked goods, plants, and organic herbs and spices. . " Frommer's Review
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