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Union Square Greenmarket Reopens Today at Madison Square, Other Locations Follow Suit

Union Square Greenmarket Reopens Today at Madison Square, Other Locations Follow Suit

Same market, different location.

Under brilliant sunny skies, but near-frigid temps, the Union Square Greenmarket reopened today for the first time since Hurricane Sandy. Not at its usual 14th Street location -- which is being used as a Con Ed parking lot -- but just off Madison Square at the intersection of Broadway, Fifth Avenue, and 23rd Street. Seventeen other markets came back as well in the boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. Perhaps most amazingly, the St. George Greenmarket in Staten Island, near the ferry terminal and not far from some massive hurricane destruction, reopened as well.

Union Square Greenmarket Reopens Today at Madison Square, Other Locations Follow Suit

Pressed up against the Flatiron Building, Stokes Farm.

For the relief of those devastated by the storm, a "Buy-a-Bag" program was up and running, offering market patrons the chance to purchase a bag of produce to be distributed through city programs to those in need. (Meanwhile, a massive food distribution program was underway from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the corner of Avenue D and East 10th Street, mainly for those stranded for nearly a week in the high-rise city housing projects east of Avenue D, with no electricity, elevator service, heat, gas, or running water.)

The Greenmarket's regular location is a parking lot.
The Greenmarket's regular location is a parking lot.

I had a conversation with Michael Hurwitz, director of the city's Greenmarket program, who was presiding at the market tent in the triangle north of 23rd Street. "We've got 32 or so farmers here, instead of the usual 75 to 80. We don't have much protein today [referring to providers of meat and dairy], because of the short notice." Apparently, the decision to go ahead with the market at the temporary location was a last-minute one, partly motivated by the return of electricity to the neighborhood yesterday.

He went on: "The Montauk fish people are not here, either. Though Long Island was hard hit by the storm, their boats apparently sustained little damage, but the fish processing facility in Long Island City is still not operational."

Other farmers I talked to reported minimal damage, though Norwich Meadows Farm in Norwich, New York, sustained destruction of its greenhouses. Stokes Farm in Tappan, New Jersey, said storm destruction was limited to lots of downed trees.

Union Square Greenmarket Reopens Today at Madison Square, Other Locations Follow Suit

Multihued baby potatoes from Mountain Sweet Berry Farm

For a list of the greenmarkets open this weekend, see next page.

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Union Square Greenmarket Reopens Today at Madison Square, Other Locations Follow Suit

Saturday Greenmarkets (11/3/12)

Manhattan Union Square Greenmarket -- Open in new location -- 23rd Street and Broadway by Madison Square Park 82nd Street Greenmarket -- Open regular hours -- No food scrap collection 57th Street Greenmarket -- Open regular hours -- No food scrap collection Abingdon Square Greenmarket -- Open regular hours -- No food scrap or textiles collection Inwood Greenmarket -- Open regular hours -- No food scrap or textiles collection Tribeca Greenmarket -- Open regular hours -- No food scrap collection and no textiles collection Tucker Square Greenmarket -- Open regular hours -- No food scrap collection and no textiles collection

Brooklyn Bay Ridge Greenmarket -- Open regular hours -- No food scrap collection Fort Greene Greenmarket -- Open regular hours -- No food scrap collection or textiles collection Brooklyn Borough Hall Greenmarket -- Open regular hours -- No food scrap collection and no textiles collection Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket -- Open regular hours -- No food scrap or textiles collection Sunset Park Greenmarket -- Open regular hours -- No food scrap collection Greenpoint Greenmarket -- Open regular hours -- No food scrap or textile collection

Queens Atlas Park Greenmarket -- Open regular hours Sunnyside Greenmarket -- Open regular hours Socrates Sculpture Park Greenmarket -- Closed -- No food scrap collection

Staten Island St. George Greenmarket -- Open regular hours -- No food scrap collection Staten Island Mall Greenmarket -- Open regular hours -- No food scrap collection

Sunday Greenmarkets (11/4/12)

Manhattan 92nd Street Greenmarket -- Closed for NYC Marathon 79th Street Greenmarket -- Open regular hours -- No food scrap or textiles collections Columbia University Greenmarket -- Open regular hours -- No food scrap collection Stuyvesant Town Greenmarket -- Closed Tompkins Square Park Greenmarket -- Open regular hours -- No food scrap or textiles collections

Brooklyn Bensonhurst Greenmarket -- Open regular hours Carroll Gardens Greenmarket -- Open regular hours -- No food scrap collection Cortelyou Greenmarket -- Open regular hours -- No food scrap collection Windsor-Terrace Greenmarket -- Open regular hours -- No food scrap collection

Queens Forest Hills Greenmarket -- Open regular hours Douglaston Greenmarket -- Open regular hours Jackson Heights Greenmarket -- Open regular hours

For an updated list of open markets:

http://www.grownyc.org/blog/hurricane-sandy-greenmarket-updates/


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