Flushing community to launch open-air market at Bowne Playground

Flushing Greenmarket
Flushing Greenmarket (Photo courtesy of Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce)

The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce and GrowNYC are collaborating to launch the 2022 season of the Flushing Greenmarket at a new location in front of Bowne Playground and P.S. 20 on Sanford Avenue between Union Street and Bowne Street beginning July 27. 

Operated by GrowNYC, the Flushing Greenmarket will be open every Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. from July 27 to Nov. 23. 

The Flushing Chamber partners with GrowNYC to promote the Greenmarket and coordinates programming with local businesses, cultural groups and civic associations.

GrowNYC‘s Greenmarket works to preserve local farmland while ensuring that New Yorkers have access to fresh, healthy food grown in our region. 

GrowNYC ensures product integrity: everything sold at its greenmarkets is 100% farmer grown, produced, caught or foraged in the local region. Anyone interested in selling their products at the Flushing Greenmarket can get more information and apply at grownyc.org.

The Flushing Chamber will curate programming at the greenmarket, promoting environmental education as well as activities that support community wellbeing and health. Alice Lee, chair of the chamber’s advisory board, will be coordinating monthly programming with local artists to showcase their talents and encourage more people to visit the market.

 “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.” 

The Flushing Greenmarket was originally launched at Maple Playground in the summer of 2016 to improve the community’s quality of life by expanding access to nutritious, locally grown food and to support programming that empowers all New Yorkers to secure a clean and healthy environment for future generations. 

Maple Playground is currently slated for renovation and will not be available this year. 

Participating farmers include R & G Produce Vegetables from Goshen, New York. Farmers accept cash, debit and credit cards, SNAP/EBT (food stamps), WIC and Senior FMNP coupons as well as Health Bucks. (Participants are eligible to receive $2 in Health Bucks for every $2 spent in SNAP, up to $10 per day, to purchase additional fruits and vegetables). 

For updates throughout the season, visit the Flushing Greenmarket webpage or the chamber’s Facebook page for up-to-date information on at-market activities throughout the season.

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