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Forest Hills Greenmarket to Feature Cooking Classes and Composting

By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska | March 27, 2013 4:35pm

QUEENS — The Forest Hills Greenmarket, which will re-open in April for its second season, plans to offer more products and include compost collection this year, the organizers said.

“We had a great first year and are looking forward to returning to the neighborhood for a second season,” said Markella Los, Queens Coordinator for Greenmarket, GrowNYC, which organizes farmers markets around the city. “We plan to continue growing the market by adding more farms to further the diversity of products available.”

Shoppers can also expect more activities and events, according to GrowNYC, which is also planning to work more closely with local community groups.

According to the GrowNYC website, there will be cooking demonstrations and recipe exchanges as well as children's activities.

Los also said there are plans to include compost collection, beginning in June. It will allow market-goers to drop off fruit and vegetable scraps which will be transformed into compost.

GrowNYC markets are producer-only, which means their farmers, fishermen and bakers sell what they themselves grow, catch or make with local ingredients, organizers said.

The farmers come from the northeast region, which includes parts of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New England, according to GrowNYC.

Farmers at the Forest Hills Greenmarket will include Amantai Farm, a Pennsylvania-based farm providing vegetables, poultry, herbs, eggs and Mexican specialty produce, Andrew's Local Honey from Fairfield County, Pura Vida Fisheries from Suffolk County, Bread Alone, an Ulster County-based producer of artisan breads and pastries, Castello di Borghese, wine producer from Suffolk County, Ronnybrook Farm Dairy from Columbia County and Red Jacket Orchards from Ontario County.

The market will be open every Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in front of the Forest Hills Post Office at 70th Avenue. It will operate until December 29.