Greenmarket launches at Maple Playground
by Benjamin Fang
Jul 22, 2020 | 287 views | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend | print
GrowNYC and the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce launched the fifth season of the Flushing Greenmarket.
GrowNYC and the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce launched the fifth season of the Flushing Greenmarket.
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The Flushing Greenmarket operates every Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in front of Maple Playground until November 24.
The Flushing Greenmarket operates every Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in front of Maple Playground until November 24.
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The fifth annual season of the Flushing Greenmarket launched last week in front of Maple Playground.

Operated by GrowNYC and supported by the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce, the market will be open every Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. from now until November 24.

The chamber will help promote the Greenmarket and coordinate programming with local businesses, cultural institutions and civic groups.

John Choe, executive director of the chamber, said the market will be a resource to a community devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic and struggling to find healthy and reliable food.

“When you buy at the Flushing Greenmarket, you know exactly who planted and harvested the food you give to your family,” he said. “That’s the type of reassurance consumers are demanding, and will be key to helping our local economy recover and get back on our feet.”

According to GrowNYC, everything sold at their greenmarkets are 100 percent farmer grown, produced, caught or foraged. The markets provide New Yorkers with access to fresh and healthy foods grown in the region, including from farms like R & G Produce Vegetables.

The markets accept cash, debit and credit cards, food stamps, WIC and Senior FMNP coupons.

The Flushing Greenmarket at Maple Playground was first launched in the summer of 2016.

Catherine Crawford, GrowNYC’s communication specialist, noted that this year marks not only the fifth anniversary of the Flushing market, but also GrowNYC’s 50th anniversary.

“We’ve implemented a number of new safety protocols at all of our food access sites to keep shoppers safe,” she said, “and we’re pleased to bring fresh, regional fruits and vegetables to Flushing residents.”

Alice Lee, chair of the chamber’s Advisory Board, will coordinate monthly programming at the market, including activities that promote community health and well-being.

“As we fight the pandemic and get back on our feet, we’re happy to present another year of healthy food options and cultural programming at the Flushing Greenmarket,” Lee said. “We will be featuring the work of local artists every month to showcase their innovative work and to encourage more people to visit our business community.”
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