A new Greenmarket at Astor Place was set to kick off last Tuesday — but, well, Tropical Storm Isaias had other plans.
The new East Village farmers market will now open bright and early on the morning of Tues., Aug. 11.
Located on the Astor Place south plaza, at E. Eighth and Lafayette Sts., the Greenmarket is a partnership of GrowNYC and the Village Alliance business improvement district.
It will run on Tuesdays through Nov. 24, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
With a selection of locally grown vegetables and orchard fruits, baked goods, cider, jams, maple syrup and honey from regional farmers, this Greenmarket is sure to be a community favorite, especially for those residents who were devoted to GrowNYC’s previous Greenmarket at St. Mark’s Church, at E. 10th St. and Second Ave.
Participating farmers will include Kernan Farms, featuring vegetables from Cumberland County, N.J.; Remsburger Honey & Maple, with honey and maple syrup from Dutchess County, N.Y.; and Wilklow Orchards, specializing in orchard and small fruits, vegetables, cider, baked goods and jams from Ulster County, N.Y.
GrowNYC’s Greenmarkets work to preserve local farmland, while ensuring that New Yorkers have access to fresh, healthy food grown in the region. A central component of Greenmarket’s mission and operations is product integrity: Everything sold at market is 100 percent farmer grown, produced, caught or foraged.
Amid the ongoing pandemic, GrowNYC — most of whose Greenmarkets are currently operating — has a lengthy list of safety procedures and recommendations for vendors and shoppers alike:
• The footprint of Greenmarkets has been “dramatically increased” to allow shoppers to maintain a healthy physical distance between each other. The space between farm-stand tents must be at least 10 feet.
• Additional chalk/tape lines have been added to keep shoppers at least 6 feet apart.
• All shoppers, staff and “producers” (farmers) are required to wear a face covering.
• All producers must wear gloves.
• All staff processing credit/debit/SNAP transactions must wear protective gloves.
• Only the farmers and their staff can handle the products. Customers may not touch any produce or products until after purchasing them.
• There is no sampling of products at the Greenmarkets until further notice.
• There is no selling of apple cider by the cup.
• All producers must sanitize their stands regularly, primarily wiping down tables, terminals and cash boxes, etc.
Meanwhile, shoppers are asked to make their market shopping trips as quick as possible. If you come with another person, you are encouraged to split up to finish shopping more quickly. Dogs and bikes are not allowed in the market space.