The historic Downing Park Farmers’ Market has been stewarded by Common Ground Farm since 2017. Situated in the heart of Newburgh, the market plays a critical role in food access for its surrounding neighborhoods while also providing a welcoming, inclusive community space for gathering in one of the Hudson Valley’s most beautiful parks.
By running a well-managed market, local farms and businesses are able to connect directly with Newburgh’s consumers and cater to their unique and diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.
The Downing Park Farmers’ Market and its vendors accept SNAP/EBT, WIC/FMNP and Fresh Connect Checks. Accepting food benefits at the market makes fresh produce and high quality local food available to food insecure individuals. And all of that money goes directly to our farmers and food producers. Common Ground Farm is working to bring its popular Greens 4 Greens Nutrition Incentive Program, piloted at the Beacon Farmers’ Market, to Downing Park in 2018.
Common Ground Farm partners with the City of Newburgh, the Downing Park Planning Committee, the Newburgh Land Bank and other urban development and agricultural non profits in Newburgh and Orange County to make the Downing Park Farmers’ Market possible.