Elmhurst Greenmarket Brings Fresh, Organic Produce to Neighborhood

By Katie Honan on July 10, 2013 8:56am 

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 A new greenmarket is providing fresh items to Elmhurst residents and visitors.
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ELMHURST — An apple a day keeps the doctor away — but not at this new greenmarket, located next to one of the borough's biggest hospitals.

Queens' latest greenmarket opened in June at the entrance of Elmhurst Hospital, featuring stands that sell fresh produce, flowers and baked goods. It's open every Tuesday through November, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The market provides items directly from New York farmers to residents and those working and visiting the hospital.

Jadwiga Kozil, a nurse, said the market gives her a chance to pick up healthy items on her lunch break.

"I usually only buy organic," she said.

On Tuesday, Kozil picked up lettuce and carrots from the R&G Produce stand, which is based out of upstate Goshen.

Joe Randazzo, who owns the Apple State Hill Top Family Farm in Callicoon, N.Y., sells his homemade honey every week at the market.

He offers a discount to hospital employees, knocking $1 off his bottles of buckwheat, wildflower and raw honey.

The greenmarket accepts EBT and WIC, allowing users to swipe their cards for "Greenmarket Bucks," which come in the form of coupons and wooden tokens.

The Elmhurst market joins nine other Queens markets in providing fresh produce and healthy items to the borough.

A greenmarket opened last week in Corona, and will be at Roosevelt Avenue and 103rd Street every Friday through November.

A youth market, which employs local teens to sell produce, is also opening this Saturday in Rockaway Beach, in conjunction with the Rockaway Youth Task Force.

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