Fresh Produce For The Stuy!

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It’s been a familiar refrain from politicians, activists and just regular folks for years: Residents of lower income neighborhoods around New York City have notoriously bad access to fresh food, particularly when it comes to fruits and vegetables. So this bit of news for the Lewis Avenue corridor of Bed Stuy should be welcome. According to a reader (who nicely took these photos) the Green Gourmet Market on the corner of Lewis and Halsey (across the street from Saraghina) has begun a relationship with Grow NYC, the group that operates numerous green markets around the city, to make farm-fresh produce available to the community seven days a week. Sounds like great news to us!

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  • Sweet. I always thought that particular corner, given the success of Saraghina, was a good place to start another little retail hub, as businesses tend to congregrate unsurprisingly around other successful businesses. That deli in particular looks like a great start for the neighborhood, and in fact is nicer than any deli that I have access to in my part of Clinton Hill (earth to anyone thinking about starting a business–there is a real need and a built in customer base right here–as well as for a Thai restaurant in Clinton Hill).

  • This is great. I’ve been in there a couple of times, but not since they’ve really spiffed the place up. Will have to go next time I’m at Saraghina. All the best of success to them.

    Are you listening, grocers in CHN? NO ONE, oldtimer or new, likes buying produce that looks like you got the stuff left behind after everyone else was done shopping. For far too long, that’s what we’ve been presented with. Although, to be fair, today’s grocers are light years better than what I used to see when I moved to the area in the 1980′s. Slowly it’s turning around.

  • When I saw this open I was thrilled. They had fresh eggs, organic milk, a few varieties of lettuce & mushrooms. At first.

    SINCE THEN THEY HAVE REALLY DROPPED THE BALL. The shelves are oftentimes bare and the produce wilted or even brown. THEY HAVEN’T A CLUE HOW TO DO THIS RIGHT.

    If I’m coming at the wrong time of day or day of the week so be it. I know that they source their stuff from brooklyn Terminal Market so it’s not that big of a deal to keep the shelves stocked.

    This has been a terrible disappointment

  • When were those pics taken??? It looked like that at first but it has not in the past few weeks.

    I’ll check again tonight.

  • ” Although, to be fair, today’s grocers are light years better than what I used to see when I moved to the area in the 1980′s.”

    Agreed. the “no fresh fruit/vegetables available in lower income neighborhoods” caraciture is not quite accurate anymore, not in CH at least.

    There are more then a few places around here to get fresh, good fruit and vegatables (very good fruit/vegetable stores at Nostrand Av at Eastern Parkway; Troy Avenue at Eastern Parkway for example). Just like anywhere else, you just have to know where to shop.

    And, is Bed Stuy really a “lower income neighborhood?” I guess it is compared with Park Slope, but how about compared with Brownsville or Morrisania?

  • “taken yesterday afternoon”

    I’ll go by again tonight. Maybe they had initial growing pains but the shelves have been empty and the lettuce type produce bad most of the time I go by and look when I’m headed to Saraghina. it did look like that initially, well stocked and fresh.

    If they can’t seem to keep that by 6:00 PM then they still aren’;t managing it well

    On another note, there’s a new restaurant on marcus garvey named Jeffrey’s that I have yet to eat at. it’s next to Olivino and is mostly a steak/fish/chicken place that looks nice. it’s a BYOB

    • Hello,

      I am the GrowNYC representative that stocked the Green Gourmet yesterday. Upon reading your post I went to check it out this afternoon. The vegetables are all in their cooler inside. They currently are unable to put anything in their semi-outdoor shelving because the plastic siding generates intense heat.

      Cheers

  • i’ve been there several times. if you don’t find what you want ask them and they’ll stock it for you, maybe. they are pretty friendly. while not perfect i think that it is a good start and should be supported since there is nothing near it.

  • i’ve been there several times. if you don’t find what you want ask them and they’ll stock it for you, maybe. they are pretty friendly. while not perfect i think that it is a good start and should be supported since there is nothing near it.

  • Hello fellow Bed Stuy residents! I am so happy to see these responses and I want to ask for your help. I work for the Wholesale Greenmarket in the Bronx and we recently started a delivery program in partnership with Red Jacket Orchards.

    Green Gourmet is the first of our participants in this new partnership and I am looking for more specifically in areas that have poor access to quality, local, and fresh fruits and vegetables.

    I need more stores for my route and want to supply more Brownstoners with Greenmarket produce in their local groceries. We are approaching the likes of the Greene Grape and Brooklyn’s Natural but generating customer interest is something that can really go a long way.

    Thanks to Brownstoner, and thank you to all of you for taking interest in the movement to bring locally produced, fresh, and healthy vegetables to all corners of Brooklyn!!

    Cheers!

  • Hello fellow Bed Stuy residents! I am so happy to see these responses and I want to ask for your help. I work for the Wholesale Greenmarket in the Bronx and we recently started a delivery program in partnership with Red Jacket Orchards.

    Green Gourmet is the first of our participants in this new partnership and I am looking for more specifically in areas that have poor access to quality, local, and fresh fruits and vegetables.

    I need more stores for my route and want to supply more Brownstoners with Greenmarket produce in their local groceries. We are approaching the likes of the Greene Grape and Brooklyn’s Natural but generating customer interest is something that can really go a long way.

    Thanks to Brownstoner, and thank you to all of you for taking interest in the movement to bring locally produced, fresh, and healthy vegetables to all corners of Brooklyn!!

    Cheers!

  • nhforster, how long have you been stocking them and how frequently do you do it?

    Because my experience has benn as I described below, subpar, at best.

  • nhforster, how long have you been stocking them and how frequently do you do it?

    Because my experience has benn as I described below, subpar, at best.

  • OK…I just stopped by. I give it a “C – ”

    Outside there were a ton of watermelons and then potatoes, garlic & onions but a lot of unfilled space and baskets. Where are the apples, pears, peaches, etc??????

    Inside, there was a decent selection of berries, cabbage and iceberg lettuce (not in the mood tonight for a “wedge”). The corn on the cob was all dried out, the cilantro wilted and the green leaf leaf lettuce all wilted. No mushrooms.

    Initially they had nice green and red leaf lettuce, never again since then have I seen it. There was packaged lettuce/arugula but I prefer the fresh leaf lettuce.

    Also, the prices seem higher than anywhere else for lesser quality.

    This place would be very convenient for me but I have no confidence they will get it right.

    There had to be 50 or more watermelons. :(

    I’ll try again next Tuesday.

    • Hey i actualy love the idea of finally a produce food market in our area and i have no complaints whatsoever being that im so apprecitive.

      I totally commend the guys for giving us the opportunity to shop close to home and in response to dave i can understand ur thoughts but we must give time its a change thats gradually evolving.

      From my understanding i spoke to one of the guys who was very pleasant and friendly and was told its a work in progress and being that its very hot they cant store as much items as they would like (which explains the empty baskets and unfilled space outdoors inside the enclosure, which explains there moving the produce indoors). Also they are adding more fridges for dairy and so forth .

      It all takes time and if you bring somethimg to thier attention about stocking anything they do actually stock it eventhough in my case it took like 2 weeks but they did stock it. lol I have faith and my dear Bed Stuy Bloggers Have Faith as Well.