Returning to the World Trade Center site after more than 15 years, GrowNYC’s Greenmarket opened today at the Oculus Plaza at Fulton and Church streets.
The farmers market featured 11 vendors and an array of produce, including vegetables and orchard fruit from Migliorelli Farm in Dutchess County, N.Y.; jams, preserves, chutneys and pickled vegetables from Beth's Farm Kitchen in Columbia County, N.Y.; and baked goods from Meredith's Country Bakery in Ulster County, N.Y.
The original Greenmarket was established at the World Trade Center in 1984 and was forced to close on September 11, 2001, according to Glenn Guzi, Program Director at Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. Of the 11 farms that had stands open today, five were working at the market on Sept. 11, 2001.
“This important homecoming includes some farmers that were here at the site pre-9/11,” said Guzi. “They are returning home in a very significant way.”
Jessica Lappin, President of the Alliance for Downtown New York, commented on the beauty and size of the new market. “What could be a better sign of rebirth and renewal than fresh food grown by New Yorkers for New Yorkers right here at the World Trade Center site?” said Lappin.
By Christine Murphy, 9/11 Memorial Project Coordinator, and Mikayla Sciscente, 9/11 Memorial Marketing Extern