Bensonhurst

Bensonhurst Greenmarket opens for season

June 7, 2016 By Paula Katinas Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Sam Lama of Knoll Krest Farm was selling apples on the opening day. Eagle photos by Paula Katinas

Farm-fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs, as well as baked goods, cider and honey are all available for Bensonhurst residents now that the community’s Greenmarket is open for the season.

Councilmember Vincent Gentile and representatives of GrowNYC, the organization that operates the city’s greenmarkets, held a ceremony on Sunday morning to celebrate the start of the new season for the Bensonhurst market.

Now in its fifth season, the Bensonhurst Greenmarket is located in Milestone Park on 18th Avenue between 81st and 82nd streets.

The market will be open every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from now until Nov. 20. The farmers accept cash, EBT/food stamps, debit or credit cards, WIC vegetable and fruit checks and Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) coupons.

“This is our fifth opening of the Bensonhurst Greenmarket. We’re pleased to start. Shop and enjoy!” Gentile told shoppers.

For the opening day ceremony, Gentile invited saxophonist George Braith to play so that shoppers could enjoy the smooth sounds of jazz while they purchased apples, strawberries and other foods.

There are 21 Greenmarkets in Brooklyn, including the Bay Ridge Greenmarket, which is open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the parking lot of Walgreens Drug Store at 9408 Third Ave.

For more information on Greenmarkets in Brooklyn, visit www.grownyc.org.

Here are the vendors and the foods they will be selling at the Bensonhurst Greenmarket every Sunday:

  • Breezy Hill Orchards: Pears, apples, cider and baked goods from Dutchess County.

  • El Poblano: Vegetables and Mexican herbs from one of the last remaining farms in New York City. It is located on Staten Island.

  • Kernan Farms: Vegetables from Cumberland County, N.J.

  • Knoll Krest Farm: Eggs and chicken from Dutchess County.

  • Nature’s Way Farm: Honey and candles from Chemung County, N.Y.