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GrowNYC Greenmarket was founded on a mission in 1976 to promote regional agriculture and to guarantee that New Yorkers have access to fresh and local food. Today, they are doing just that, and currently, operate in all 5 boroughs of New York City.

A large majority of their work includes partnering with New York City Coalition Against Hunger and Food Bank for New York City by donating fruits and vegetables, working on the Regional Grains Project to give growers the tools they need to meet the rising demand of grain and providing technical assistance to farmers through their FARMroots program. They also developed a program called Fresh Food Box that enables all communities to buy fresh, healthy, and locally grown produce at very low prices.

It seems their work never stops because they also operate a Wholesale Greenmarket in the Bronx that offers over 100 products that have been freshly harvested.

GrowNYC is able to do the work they do because they cut out the middlemen and work directly with over 200 farmers, fishers, and bakers. They are also adamant about conserving farmland and striving to provide New Yorkers with the freshest possible food.

Currently, they are working on a project called Project Farmhouse that will serve as a space for the community to discuss sustainability issues and environmental concerns.

GrowNYC is currently the largest community of outdoor farmers markets in the whole country. They are truly contributing amazing things to the city of New York.

Want a bountifully fresh summer meal?

Now is the time to be shopping for fresh and local produce. These recipes from our Food Monster App will allow these ingredients to shine!

Veggie Summer Rolls with Spicy Garlic Peanut Sauce

Fresh Summer Rolls

These Veggie Summer Rolls with Spicy Garlic Peanut Sauce are the perfect way to eat your veggies in a new and exciting way. These rolls are filled with carrots, avocado, cucumber, and fresh herbs and served with a flavorful sauce.

Blackberry Strawberry Sorbet

Blackberry Strawberry Sorbet 1

Cool off with this Blackberry Strawberry Sorbet that is both refreshing and completely natural. It’s the perfect way to beat the heat.

The Ultimate Summer Gazpacho


This recipe will make your tastebuds jump with delight. The Ultimate Summer Gazpacho is fresh, slightly spicy, and completely raw.

For more, check out this guide for shopping at a farmers market on a budget. We also recommend downloading this Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 10,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to new recipes every day. Check it out!

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