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The weekly Greenmarket has returned to the New York Botanical Garden.
Greenmarket, the popular farmers market of GrowNYC, will be there every Wednesday through Nov. 27 from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. at the base of Library Allée inside the Garden’s Mosholu Gate entrance.
For the 12th year, the farmers market continues to bring affordable, locally grown produce and fresh, nutritious baked goods to the Bronx.
Heart Smart activities, part of the MetLife Healthy Families Program, made possible through the generous support of MetLife Foundation, will teach visitors how easy it is to lead a heart-healthy lifestyle and improve their cardiovascular health.
Visitors can pick up a map that outlines a self-guided, narrated walking tour around the Garden. Participation in each of these activities is free to the public.
With the return of the Greenmarket to the garden, vendors from the Hudson Valley region and beyond will offer a wide array of seasonal produce.
The market provides New Yorkers access to garden-fresh, delicious, and nutritional food produced by New York farmers.
In addition to purchasing tasty, locally grown food, visitors to the Greenmarket can talk to the farmers to learn more about the health benefits of gardening and eating locally.
They can learn how to use produce from the market to make easy, nutrient-rich meals and find out about composting, recycling, growing vegetables, and more, at special demonstrations throughout the seasons.
Participating groups at this year’s market include Bronx Green-Up, NYC Compost Project in the Bronx, and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, among others.
Visitors can also hear “What’s in Season” at the market each week by calling 718.362.9561 and pressing 406# or by visiting the Garden’s Web site at nybg.org.
Before or after they shop at the Greenmarket, they can enjoy walking tours of the Botanical Garden, either with Garden tour guides on scheduled tours or with a self-guided walking map.
The Greenmarket attracts lovers of some of the tastiest and most healthful products New York has to offer.
Overflowing stands greet shoppers with a cornucopia of just-picked, orchard-grown goods, including peaches, pears, apples, raspberries, and cherries; a wide selection of seasonal vegetables and fruits, including corn, squash, eggplant, assorted greens, and heirloom tomatoes; fragrant herbs; and sweet cider, honey, and homemade old-fashioned donuts, pies, and breads.
The market accepts food stamps, EBT cards, FMNP/WIC and Senior coupons, in addition to cash, credit cards, and debit cards, so more visitors can take advantage of the amazing bounty of produce at the Greenmarket.
There is free admission to the Botanical Garden grounds on Wednesday, allowing visitors to explore many of the Garden’s other offerings such as the ever-changing flowers and plant collections in the award-winning, sustainable Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden, Jane Watson Irwin Perennial Garden, the inspiring Home Gardening Center, the Azalea Garden, and the new Native Plant Garden.
On the Garden’s blog, Plant Talk, you can find delicious recipes using products from the Greenmarket, a listing of the special programs happening each week, tips for making the most of your market visit, and links to helpful resources on the GrowNYC Web site.
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