The Bloomingdale Neighborhood History Group (BNHG) has announced “The 97th Street Greenmarket: Changes and Challenges,”a presentation on the Bloomingdale greenmarket movement set for Wednesday, September 22nd.
The presentation will begin with an overview of the movement – how it began and how it keeps growing and adapting to changing times. Margaret Hoffman, Greenmarket regional coordinator, will tell the story of the West 97th Street market, one of the most popular and longest-running greenmarkets in the city.
Hoffman will talk about how the market first came to the Bloomingdale neighborhood, its history, and how its present site was chosen and the role it has played in both creating and developing a long-standing connection between upper west siders and regional farms.
The presentation will also feature stories of some of the farmers who have stands at the market and their insights on how the Greenmarket movement has promoted local agriculture and helped save small family farms, how it has encouraged immigrants to run farms, while at the same time providing healthful and delicious produce to city dwellers.
The 97th Street greenmarket is part of the Grow NYC network that was inspired by the first Earth Day back in the 1970s. These days the network also includes youth markets, fresh food box pick-ups, food scrap drop offs and textile recycling. Join us on September 22nd to learn more.
Margaret Hoffman has been with Greenmarket/Grow NYC for 15th seasons and oversees 16 markets in northern Manhattan and the Bronx, markets that range in size from 3 or 4 to over 20 farm stands.
The program will begin at 6:30 pm and is free and open to the public. A link to webinar will be available on the BNHG website a few days before the program.
Photo of 97th Street Greenmarket provided.