Market Networks in New York City
The following is a list of NYC farmers market networks:
- City Farms Markets are independently-run farmers markets, formed by inpiduals or organizations in their community that patner with Just Food. The City Farms Markets are unique and dynamic – each market is different in size, appearance, and structure. These markets are committed to growing food in NYC, serving their local communities, and supporting gardeners, city farmers, and regional growers. City Farms Markets are supported by Just Food in a variety of ways and are part of a network of markets that teach, support and learn from one another.
- Greenmarket is an organization that runs farmers markets under the umbrella of Council on the Environment of NYC, a private nonprofit citizens organization in the Office of the Mayor. Each Greenmarket has a registered service mark/logo, management, and common rules and regulations.
- Harvest Home Market Organization manages farmers markets around the Bronx and in Harlem. Harvest Home markets thrive despite the belief that low-income communities cannot support farmers markets. Harvest Home Markets welcome community gardeners and regional farmers to sell at their markets.
- Community Markets is an organization that aims to help municipalities and institutions in the Lower Hudson Valley and NYC open farmers markets.
How the City Farms Network Differs from Other Networks:
In NYC, some markets are centrally managed by a network. These include Greenmarkets, Harvest Home Market Organization, and Community Markets. The markets in these networks all have common rules and guidelines. A market manager is hired to run each market according to the standards set by the network.
There are also independent markets in the city run without support from a network.
The City Farms Market Network is a combination of these two types of management structures. The markets in this network are all inpidually managed, and as a network, they share resources such as pooled insurance, shared knowledge, and overlap in the farmers that sell at the markets. While they are in a network, each market sets its own rules and regulations and is financially independent from the other markets.