All photos by our talented home bakers.
September 2020
Grainstand Market Schedule
Find the Grainstand at the GrowNYC Greenmarkets listed below:

Union Square Greenmarket every Wednesday and Saturday year-round.

Additional market dates:

September 19: McCarren Park (Brooklyn)
September 20: Jackson Heights (Queens)
September 26: Fort Greene (Brooklyn)
September 27: Columbia (Manhattan)
September 27: 79th Street (Manhattan)

October 3: Inwood (Manhattan)
October 4: Carroll Gardens (Brooklyn)
October 10: Grand Army Plaza (Brooklyn)
Update: We will be attending both the Columbia AND the 79th street Greenmarkets on the fourth Sunday of every month.

Find the full schedule here.
Pre-ordered bulk bags are available at any of our locations upon request. Check availability and pricing here. 
Pandemic Baking and Regional Grain Resilience
It has now been six months since COVID-19 upended life as we knew it here in New York City. Now, as we catch our breath, one word in particular keeps coming to mind: adaptable.

Greenmarket farmers, staff, and customers alike have had to adjust to new conditions and protocols, facing disruptions to nearly every aspect of daily life. As staff, we are grateful to GrowNYC for keeping the markets open and operating smoothly during this time. Farmers markets are a lifeline to both farmers and consumers, and although we get to work here, we are also eaters and the market is a special community that constantly inspire us.

Back in early February, long before the shelter in place order took effect (on March 20th), we felt as if the ground were trembling beneath our feet as consumers began loading up on grains, beans and flours. A lot has happened since then and we wanted to share a few reflections on the past few months at the Grainstand.

Starting in mid- March, our lines at market began an hour before opening. For six weeks, we heard from consumers who reported that area grocery stores were out of flour, and then, out of yeast. And thus began the sourdough deluge. Bread flours were in high demand, along with rye flour to feed all those new starters. Pre-orders, especially at our neighborhood markets increased fivefold as folks started making their own bread. Over the course of six months, we moved just shy of 80,000 lbs of local grain, including 6,000 lbs of beans and grains through World Central Kitchen's food box relief efforts.

We have been humbled by the opportunity to provide this crucial service in a time of need and by the patience and flexibility of our customers whose weekly market shopping experience was turned upside down. This pandemic has proven how resilient our local food system can be, as well as how crucial small grains and other staple foods are in rounding out both our farming systems and our pantries.
Recent News
GrowNYC Grains Back to School Press round-up

In the past few months, there has been a lot written about the pandemic and how it has impacted our food system, the return to the staple foods, and the phenomenal rise of sourdough bread making. Here are some highlights.

March 2020

April 2020

April 2020

June 2020

July 2020

More recent Grain related news here.
Upcoming Events
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Local Grain Economy: Bakery Tour of Philmont Community Bakery & Hawthorne Valley Bakery

When: Tuesday, October 6, 2020, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Where: Online, recorded video tour

"Philmont Community Bakery has a New American Stone Mill and Hawthorne Valley Bakery has a Meadows Mill both of which are used for grinding flour from local grain. Grain farmers, and farmers who want to grow grain, will learn about local grain markets and get a look at these two small-scale mills that process grains. Bakers and those who want to start a bakery will see how baking is done on a small-scale learn why these two bakeries mill a portion of their own flour. We will also take a couple of minutes to explain the 20-C commercial processing license issued from NYS Ag & Markets which is needed for grinding flour and baking."

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