Barclays Center and GrowNYC Partner to Bring a Weekly Greenmarket to the Flatbush Avenue Side of the ArenaJul 11, 2013
BROOKLYN (July 11, 2013) – Barclays Center and GrowNYC have aligned to host a weekly Greenmarket on the Flatbush Avenue sidewalk in front of Barclays Center between Atlantic Avenue and Pacific Street. The Greenmarket will be held every Wednesday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. beginning July 17 and running through November 27.
The first Greenmarket in Brooklyn was held in 1977 at the corner of Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues, nearly the same spot as the upcoming location. Customers can look forward to a variety of locally grown seasonal produce, cooking demonstrations, free recipes, family friendly activities, and more.
“Greenmarkets are very popular in the City and we are thrilled to bring the freshest seasonal produce and other selections to outside Barclays Center on a weekly basis through November,” said Bruce Ratner, Executive Chairman of Forest City Ratner Companies, the developer and majority owner of Barclays Center. “We remain committed to offering more than sports and entertainment and we are proud to be a place for people of all interests.”
“We are thrilled to return to the original site of the first Greenmarket in Brooklyn, right here at Flatbush and Atlantic,” said Michael Hurwitz, director of Greenmarket, a program of GrowNYC. “Since that market’s opening in 1977, our organization has evolved and grown enormously, just as Downtown Brooklyn has. In continuation of that work, we couldn’t think of a more fitting partnership to make our newest Greenmarket site a success. The energy that Barclays Center brings to Brooklyn will elevate this market and all it has to offer the community.”
“I am excited to welcome GrowNYC’s Greenmarket Farmers Market to what has become the most exciting area in all of New York City,” said Regina Cahill, President of the North Flatbush Avenue Business Improvement District. “Historically, ‘The NYC Greenmarkets’ have given great access to top of the line, locally grown produce for Brooklyn residents. Barclays Center is an ideal location because of the number of bus and subway routes available for patrons. This new market will be a great asset to our community.”