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Flushing Greenmarket Launches Third Season at Maple Playground

Organic Composting & Cooking Demos Available During Season, July 11 to November 28

gm1The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce and GrowNYC along with Councilman Peter Koo today launched the third season of the Flushing Greenmarket at 136-50 Maple Ave, Flushing, NY 11355. The Flushing Greenmarket operated by GrowNYC will be open every Wednesday 8am to 4pm, from July 11 to November 28, 2018. The Flushing Chamber partners with GrowNYC to promote the Greenmarket and coordinates programming with the local business and civic community

“The Flushing Greenmarket is a great opportunity to highlight our community’s plentiful supply of locally grown, fresh and healthy food. Likewise, it’s a perfect example of the ingenuity of our local businesses who came together in order to find an alternative, pedestrian-friendly space to interact safely with patrons,” stated Councilman Peter Koo. “Thank you to the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce and GrowNYC for bringing this great amenity to our community.”

gm4Flushing Greenmarket provides access to nutritious fruits, vegetables, and other locally-sourced food products. Only items grown or produced within 250 miles of New York City will be sold. Flushing Greenmarket farmer, R&G Produce, for example, will be bringing vegetables they grow in Orange County, NY, less than 80 miles from Flushing.

“By supporting local farmers and entrepreneurs at the Flushing Greenmarket, the Chamber hopes to promote sustainable economic development and also provide our community with a rich selection of locally-sourced and nutritious food options,” stated John Choe, executive director of the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce. “Our ultimate goal is to increase health and wellness in our community by expanding access to fresh fruits and vegetables as well as providing opportunities to learn about better nutrition and environmental practices.”
Those interested in selling fruits and vegetables at the Flushing Greenmarket should fill out the application at grownyc.org/files/gmkt/questionnaire/farmer.pdf. Non-farmers can fill out the application at grownyc.org/files/gmkt/questionnaire/nonfarmer.pdf.

gm3 (2)“We’re very happy to bring fresh, local produce directly to Flushing residents,” said GrowNYC Communications Specialist Catherine Crawford. “With a market comes the transformation of community space, and we’re thrilled to have a Greenmarket here for the third consecutive year.”

In addition to fruits and vegetables, the Flushing Greenmarket will also host the Department of Health’s popular nutrition education workshops and cooking demonstrations in English, Spanish, and Chinese. Every participant over 18 years of age who attends these workshops will receive a $2 Health Bucks coupon. Health Bucks coupons can be used to purchase food at Flushing Greenmarket.
Food scrap collection is also available every market day until 1 pm.Collections will be brought back to the Queens Botanical Garden to be turned into rich compost (diverting it from landfills).
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About the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce
 
The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce is a multicultural membership association of entrepreneurs and civic leaders representing the most diverse community in New York.  The Chamber fosters the economic growth, inclusive diversity, and shared prosperity of our community through advocacy, networking, and education. More information is available at flushingchamber.nyc.

 

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