By Maya Rader
The greenmarket returned to Stuy Town for the summer season on Sunday, May 21. To celebrate its opening, there were farm-related children’s activities such as seed germination and creating tissue-paper flowers. A mime roamed the area, entertaining produce shoppers, and a band called Astrograss played live bluegrass.
Katherine McWeeley, a seller at a stand for Liberty Farms, remarked that customers seemed pretty excited about the greenmarket’s return. Jessica Balnaves, Grow NYC regional coordinator for Lower Manhattan, commented, “Everybody that’s shown up is so excited that we’re back, and we got lucky that it’s a beautiful day.”
For the next month, greenmarket goers can drop off their compost at the market as well. However, there is no longer a need to trek all the way to the market to drop off compost; recently, compost bins were installed in the basement of every PCVST building.
According to Balnaves, about 1,000 people circulated through the market on Sunday. The greenmarket will be open every Sunday until November 19 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.