Summer 2015 Program Schedule
Join GrowNYC’s Greenmarket Director Michael Hurwitz for a tour of the Greenmarket network’s flagship market. Discover the history of this key node within the system that has emerged over the past few decades to support the local food movement. GrowNYC operates dozens of markets across all five boroughs of the city; the Union Square Greenmarket, founded in 1976, has become a New York institution, and has had a marked impact on the surrounding district and its noted culinary scene.
Good Eggs is a farmers-market-meets-online-grocery that launched in Brooklyn in the fall of 2013. They deliver fresh groceries with the mission to grow and sustain local food systems. Join Marketing Director Summer Rayne Oakes for a tour of the Good Eggs foodhub in East Williamsburg, where you will see where groceries come in directly from local farmers and foodmakers and are packed fresh daily. You’ll also get to try some tasty, locally made snacks.
Brooklyn’s Moore Street Market, built in 1941 as part of a city-wide network of public retail markets, is one of only four that still remain. Today “La Marqueta de Williamsburg” is a neighborhood institution, known by local residents for its lunch counters serving up a range of Latin dishes, stalls selling traditional ingredients like tubers and plantains, and fresh baked goods from Body & Soul Vegan Bakery and Reconnect Bakery. Join Cindy VandenBosch, President of Turnstile Tours, to learn about the market’s relationship with the community and local food systems. This tour will also be joined by Betty Cooney, Executive Director of the Graham Avenue BID, and Lisa Thompson, Markets Manager with NYCEDC.
Summer 2015 Program
Alternative Distribution Nodes & Local Economies
This summer, The Final Mile continues its exploration of how food shapes the urban environment through visits to three typologically diverse sites throughout the city that serve as secondary or alternative nodes within the food distribution system. If New Yorkers are serious about building a more resilient city, food security is one of the most important issues to be addressed. Join us to see how existing alternative nodes operate within the system already, and to consider how these models might influence urban development in the future. Click here to read more.