Live your Life at Fort Washington Greenmarket at 168th Street


Washington Heights, New York--The Fort Washington Greenmarket will re-open for its 5th season on Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014. Located in the heart of Washington Heights, neighborhood residents and staff from New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center flock to this market for its bounty of fresh, locally grown offerings. Specialty Mexican herbs, peppers, and greens, honey, cheese, juice pressed from ripe orchard fruit, produce grown in the rich soil of Orange County's "Black Dirt" region, pastries and fresh bread make this market a wonderful option for a healthy lunch and a go-to source to stock your larder with delicious, regionally grown food. In partnership with the CHALK program, the market hosts cooking demonstrations, health-related outreach events, and offers nutritional information.

Outreach Activites at the CHALK Tent:

October: Snack on Healthy Foods

October  7th -- Guess That Apple!
Identify different types of apples available at the market.  Win Greenbucks! 

October 14th -- The Truth about Squash
Answer our true of false questions about different types of winter squash and win Greenbucks!

October 21st -- Food Day Promotion!
Come learn what Food Day is and why it important to acknowledge this day.  Learn why Food Day was started and how it helps increase awarness on the importance of natural food consumption.  Food Day movie screening of the flim Fed Up at Word Up Book Shop, 2113 Amsterdam Avenue on Friday, October 24th @ 5:30PM. 

October 28th -- Healthy Halloween Snacks
Healthy halloween snack alternatives, fun and interactive recipes for the entire family.  Nutrition facts of popular halloween treats/snacks

Come visit our local farmers offering fresh and organic produce grown locally!

  • Artesan Oven Central Bakery Breads and baked goods from Bergen County, NJ.
  • Ballard's Honey Honey & bee pollen from Delaware County, NY.
  • Body and Soul Baked goods and prepared foods from New York County, New York.
  • Central Valley Farm Raw milk cheddar cheese and vegetables from Hunterdon County, NJ.
  • Morgiewicz Produce A variety of vegetables from Orange County, NY.
  • Nolasco's Farm A variety of vegetables, plants, and Mexican specialty items from Warren County, NJ.
  • Prospect Hill Orchard Fruit and farm-baked goods from Ulster County, NY.
  • Red Jacket Orchard Juices, jams, apples, plums, cherries, apricots, peaches and berries from Ontario County, NY.
Available at the Market in October:

This month check out all the amazing produce: Apples, beets, beet greens, blueberries, brussels sprout, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cherries, collard greens, corn, cucmbers, grapes, herbs, kale, lettuce, lima beans, mesclun, onions, peas, peaches, pears, peppers, plums, potatoes, pumpkins, radishes, raspberries, rhubarb, scallions, spinach, string beans, summer squash, swiss chard, strawberries, turnip greens, and many more!

Our 2014 market is open every Tuesday until November.  Get your recipes and farmers' market bags ready! Green Bucks (gift certificates for shopping at the market) are available for purchase. Email

Back again this year are GrowNYC's Textile Recycling & Food Scrap Composting programs from 8:00am - 3:00pm.  Please click on the links to learn more about these programs.

*EBT/Food Stamps, Debit/Credit (8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.), WIC & FMNP coupons accepted.
Starting in July, for every $5 EBT dollars spent, customers receive a $2 Health Buck coupon to purchase additional fresh fruits and vegetables.

For more information, visit
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History of the Fort Washington Greenmarket at 168th Street
In collaboration with community partners, our institutions and GrowNYC, CHALK has brought a new farmers' market to our neighborhood!  Keep reading to learn about the history of the market and links to outreach flyers and related programs.  

History of the Market at 168th Street

More "green" was added to in Washington Heights and Inwood starting on July 6th 2010, and that's a very good thing. GrowNYC (which runs Greenmarket), NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center have brought a new farmers' market to the communities of Upper Manhattan.  The market is managed by GrowNYC, a city-wide environmental organization and is one of nearly 50 markets operated by the organization locally. This exciting new outdoor market is located on Fort Washington Ave. between 168th and 169th streets, open every Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. now starting in June starting and running through November. In addition to its food offerings, the market hosts cooking demonstrations, nutritional counseling, kids' games and health-related outreach events. This is WaHI's third farmers' market, a testament to the demand for and resources behind healthy, local, and eco-conscious living. 
 NYP-CUMC_map market location FINAL.jpgclick for the location of the market 

 What makes this market so very exciting is how NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center and community will weave services into the market. Access to fresh fruits and vegetables is vital for a healthy life, and now medical teams will be able to send patients right around the corner to shop. In addition to the market accepting EBT and NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene "Health Bucks", the institutions are issuing "Green Bucks", farmers' market coupons for patients, students, employees and local residents  to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables.
The market is largely made possible by CHALK (Choosing Healthy & Active Lifestyles for Kids) a program of the Ambulatory Care Network of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center's Community Pediatrics. Over the past two years, CHALK has worked closely with Greenmarket and institutional programs such as NYPgreen (the hospital's eco-sustainability program), the community task force CHALK sponsors "Vive tu Vida/Live your Life" and various community partners in bringing the market to the area. "I wanted to bring a resource behind the words "Live your Life. Energy, Balance, Action," says CHALK's Program Manager Stephanie Pitsirilos-Boquín, referencing a message created by WaHI residents to promote healthy living. "So often health campaigns focus on "educating" and not enough on examining whether resources exist (or are effectively used) for people to practice healthy habits. Much like how the "Vive tu Vida/Live your Life" campaign bridges community and businesses with healthy lifestyles services, the market will help the institutions strengthen their health promotion services. Ultimately, we hope it contributes to a healthier, vibrant Washington Heights and Inwood."
CHALK also promotes and ties services to the existing markets in WaHI. Upon request every summer CHALK is at the 175th Street Greenmarket with kids' games and hula hooping, and both markets have CHALK racks with kid-friendly, culturally appropriate recipes. The 168th Street market has a CHALK/Live your Life tent that serves as the "hub" for the "Vive tu Vida/Live your Life" campaign but also for various Hospital, University and community programs to promote their services to shoppers. The grand opening was July 6th and included a ribbon cutting ceremony with music, raffles, giveaways and special guest speakers, including City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer. 

Quick CHALK Tips for shopping at the Fort Washington Greenmarket at 168th Street:
  • Farmers' markets are mostly "pay-with-cash" shopping, however this market will accept debit/credit cards as well as EBT. Usually this means heading over to the Greenmarket tent. Ask the farmer before you buy to be sure.
  • It's helpful to have small bills when making your purchases.
  • If a farmer is having trouble recognizing what your Green Bucks are, go to the Greenmarket or CHALK/Vive tu Vida tent.
  • If this is your first time buying local fruits and vegetables, you may be surprised with the variety of shapes, colors and sizes available. You're buying food that is straight from the farm and of different varieties, and so they may look a little different than what you find in the supermarket. 
  • Don't forget to bring your re-usable bags to the market in addition to any plastic bags you have at home for weighing produce. It helps reduce the amount of plastic bag garbage in the environment and can save the farmers money. CHALK will have weekly raffles for tote bags at the market at our tent.
  • Some farmers will recollect egg cartons, milk bottles and plastic fruit containers. Ask them if they reuse them so you know whether to bring them back.
  • Sometimes it's good to go in with a shopping list for essentials, but sometimes it's good to plan your meals while at the market. Part of the joy of shopping at the market is that produce is seasonal and you're introduced to many new varieties of fruits, vegetables and other foods. Have an open mind and try new things!
  • The market is open every Tuesday from 8am-4pm, no matter the weather (it's open rain, snow or sunshine).
  • If you are returning to work with your perishable food purchases remember to refrigerate them!
  • If you are not sure how to cook something or are curious about the health benefits of a particular item, stop by the Greenmarket tent or CHALK/Vive tu Vida tent. You'll find knowledgeable professionals there to answer your questions, including cooking and nutrition demonstrations, in addition to guest programs that rotate weekly.
  • Get to know the farmers. Ask them questions. Farmers' markets are a social experience.

Outreach flyers to promote the markets of Washington Heights/Inwood:                                             Greenmarket flyers for 168th Street English/Spanish
Greenmarket posters for the 168th Street Market English/Spanish
CHALK and Vive tu Vida/Live your Life flyer for 168th Street market (changes weekly with events).

CHALK and VIve tu Vida/Live your Life postcards for all markets in WaHI, highlight on 168th. Spanish and English.

Learn how to cook those vegetables! Cooking demonstrations with GrowNYC and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital's Dieticians.

To learn what will be available at the market, visit Greenmarket's website:

Visit Greenmarket's website for information on its markets, farmers and products at
To learn how to get free NYC DOHMH "Health Bucks" ($2 farmer's market coupons)
To purchase "Green Bucks" ($2 farmer's market coupons issued by CHALK and NYPH-CUMC for certain markets)
send your request to To learn more about what "Green Bucks" are, download the postcards in Spanish and English.
Why eat local?

Visit the Food and Nutrition Department at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital click here.
Going Green at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (website coming soon)
Going Green at Columbia University
Podcasts from Columbia University's 116th Market
Going Green in Washington Heights/Inwood (Go Green WaHI)