Flushing Chamber Helps Start First Greenmarket in Downtown Flushing

The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce partnered with GrowNYC to establish the first  Greenmarket in Downtown Flushing, Queens. The new Greenmarket is located adjacent to Maple Playground on the south-west corner of Maple Avenue and Kissena Boulevard, just two blocks from the Flushing Branch of the Queens Library on Main Street.  The new Greenmarket will be open every Wednesdays from 8am to 4pm, from July 20 to November 23, 2016.

Speakers at the announcement included Michael Hurwitz, Director of Greenmarket at GrowNYC; Councilman Peter Koo; John Choe, Executive Director of the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce; Simon Gerson, President of the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce; Stella Aquino, Director at Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield; Alice Lee, Business Development Manager at Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield; and, Cody Herrmann, Project Coordinator at the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce.

“In collaboration with GrowNYC, we envision a weekly farmer’s market that provides 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.”

The new Greenmarket will emphasize nutritious fruits, vegetables, and other locally-sourced food products.  Only items grown or produced within 250 miles of New York City will be sold. Those interested in selling fruits and vegetables at the Greenmarket should fill out the application at this online address: http://www.grownyc.org/files/gmkt/questionnaire/farmer.pdf. Non-farmers can fill out the application at: http://www.grownyc.org/files/gmkt/questionnaire/nonfarmer.pdf.

“We are excited to have a Greenmarket in Flushing; GrowNYC’s markets serve as ‘sustainability hubs,’ all over the City” said Cody Herrmann, project coordinator at the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce, “it’s great to know our neighborhood will now have a centralized resource and information center for those looking to lower their environmental impact.” Please contact cody@flushingchamber.nyc if you, your group, or business would like to be a guest at the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce’s weekly table at the Maple Playground Greenmarket.

The new market will also provide special services such as compost drop-off through the NYC Compost Project, GrowNYC recycling services, cooking demonstrations and other educational programming by a variety of community groups and Chamber members.  The Flushing Chamber will promote the new Greenmarket and coordinate programming with the local business and civic community.  Organizations that will organize educational programming include Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, GutsierLiving, Flushing CSA, Green Earth Urban Gardens, Baby The Mama, and the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation.

“Healthier residents mean healthy, safe neighborhoods and world….we sure can use more of that in our world!  I’m so excited to have a Greenmarket in our immigrant community,” stated Shweta Parmar, Ayurvedic practitioner at GutsierLiving and Baby The Mama. “According to Ayurveda, the ancient Indian healing wisdom and many other traditional societies, local, seasonal foods are simply more healthier vs. imported produce.  It aids digestion which is directly connected to your immunity; prevents allergies and various diseases; ensures food safety against pesticides (ie. you can talk to the farmer and know how, when produce is grown); strengthens our connection to the land and the laws of Nature within.  During the market season, Shweta will be sharing Ayurvedic and Yogic knowledge and tips on You are What you Digest n Eliminate (not eat!); Selfhealing with Spices; lifestyle habits so organic food doesnt turn to toxins; tips on when and how to eat for vitality; womens health and more.”

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield and the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce also launched a contest to create the design for a Maple Playground Greenmarket tote bag that will be distributed to market patrons later this summer. Flushing community members of all ages are encouraged to submit a design (in JPG, PNG, or PDF files up to 12 x 12 inches) to cody@flushingchamber.nyc by Sunday, August 14, 2016, 11:59 PM.  Please include name, age, title of the work, and a short explanation of your design. The winning design will receive a gift package sponsored by our Chamber members, and bragging rights!


The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit membership association that seeks to build a strong, diverse, and sustainable community through advocacy, networking, and education.  Launched in 2014, the Chamber has already established Flushing’s first community night market, initiated a free English language program, organized SOUP crowdfunding events, and sponsored multicultural festivals in Kissena Corridor Park. For more information, contact john@flushingchamber.nyc or visit www.flushingchamber.nyc.


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