Thursday, July 5, 2012

Our New Greenmarket Opens This Sunday

Forest Hills' previous Greenmarket was on Metropolitan Ave.

Forest Hills Greenmarket

South side of Queens Blvd at 70th Avenue, Queens [map]
Open Sunday, 7/8/12 - 11/18/12
8:00 a.m. - 3
:00 p.m.
EBT/Food Stamps, Debit/Credit, and WIC & FMNP Coupons accepted. 
EBT/Debit/Credit accepted
Starting in July, for every $5 EBT dollars spent, customers receive a $2 Health Buck coupon to purchase additional produce. 

Located in front of the Forest Hills Post Office, this neighborhood Greenmarket boasts a variety of locally grown, fresh products. Throughout the season, the market will offer free cooking demonstrations, kids activities, and the opportunity to mingle with neighbors, all while getting to know the regional farmers who grow your food. Come back each week to learn about the healthful and flavorful benefits of eating what is fresh and in season.

Calendar of Events

Community activities, cooking demonstrations and recipe exchanges will add to the diverse nature of this market.


Amantai Farm Vegetables, Mexican specialty produce, free-range poultry, honey, herbs, and eggs from Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. A New Farmer Development Project participant.
Andrew’s Local Honey Honey and honey products from Fairfield County, CT.
Bread Alone Artisan breads, mostly certified Organic, and pastries from Ulster County, NY.
Castello Di Borghese Wines from Suffolk County, NY
Dipaola Turkey Farm Turkey from Mercer County, NJ
Gajeski Produce Vegetables from Suffolk County, NY
King Ferry Winery Wine from Cayuga County, NY
Lavender By the Bay fresh cut, dried, and potted lavender and honey from Suffolk County, NY
R & G Produce Vegetables from Orange County, NY
Terhune Orchards orchard fruit from Dutchess County, NY


  1. Excellent list of vendors participating!

    If anyone from GrowNY is reading this, we need a cheese vendor! We have a new wine bar opening in the neighborhood looking for a local artisinal cheese vendor to work with.

  2. Wonderful! Let's all turn out, if we can, to support this enterprise.

  3. Totally psyched for this! I looked up some of the vendors and a few of them do baked goods. I hope some of them bring fruit pies..the best fruit pies I have ever bought have been from a vendor at the greenmarket at city hall and though I dont see them on the list for FH I am hopeful someone else will bring them :)

  4. I'm very excited about the green market opening, but I'm a little perplexed by this:

    Starting in July, for every $5 EBT dollars spent, customers receive a $2 Health Buck coupon to purchase additional produce.

    So you are already getting free money from the government to buy food, and then you get bonus free money from the farmers to buy more? How about bonus produce for regular tax payers, or perhaps my wife and I should quit our jobs and live off of everyone else.

    1. Please do. Please do quit your jobs... and then crawl under a rock somewhere and then please don't reemerge. Blech. You make me want to throw up. Have a little compassion for those less fortunate than yourselves.

    2. Wow that was a really thoughtful response. Childish name calling- sweet. I never said I was against EBT, even though it is often used in the worst ways (gambling, strip clubs, and bars), but I have a problem with getting extra free food because you are broke and already getting free food. Maybe Drake will change his mind when he gets a little older, makes a little more money, pays a bit more taxes, and watches the government piss it away. See my wife and I are fortunate because we are hard working, but the government isn't giving us a break on the six figures of student loan debt we are carrying from grad school. So if this makes you throw up, so be it, but I think the rest of the taxpayers probably agree with me

    3. Maybe they do. Wait..

      What's that?

      Sorry, mommy is calling. Time for my play group. We'll have to continue this Monday when I get home from school.

    4. That dude obviously has a chip on his shoulder. It makes sense for the government to add incentive to get poor people to eat healthier since they are most at risk for being unhealthy and most likely do not buy healthy food on a regular basis. They are more likely to be obese and / or diabetic. They are also more likely to be on Medicaid. By giving them incentive to eat healthier and choose healthy foods over fatty, the hope is that this results in spending less for medical care for conditions that are completely preventable. It's cheaper to shell out a few bucks per purchase than it is to pay for monthly insulin pills. Aside from that, you should be ashamed of yourself for boo hoooing because you're fortunate that you are employed and you don't need the extra push as much as a family down on their luck. Boo hoo that you don't need extra help to put food on the table. I for one am grateful for what I have rather than being jealous of the less fortunate.

  5. Another well thought out response by Drake.

    Fortunately anonymous put some thought into his argument and made some good points.

    The only point I was making is that it just doesn't seem right that people paying with "free money," would get more than those paying with money they earned. That is all.

    I am happy the green market is in FH, I'm happy they accept EBT, but just charge everyone the same damn price. If you go to a restaurant, should you pay more for your dinner if you are wearing a nice watch than a person who ordered the same thing and has a Casio? Done.