Last month, travelers leaving out of JetBlue’s Terminal 5 at JFK airport were treated to the opportunity to shop for farm-fresh fruits and veggies right before their flights. The airline partnered with GrowNYC to bring the first-ever Greenmarket to T5 for passengers to stock up on local goodies before making their way out of the New York area. The market included many of the same vendors you might find at your neighborhood farmers market, as well as a bike-powered smoothie station, a compost pile, a harvest-themed photo booth and special Greenmarket Wheat Beer and Hard Cider.
JetBlue’s Terminal 5 is already known for its special amenities and variety of food available for travelers, so featuring the first airport Greenmarket seemed fitting. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said that the partnership would highlight the agricultural gems and superior homegrown products that the New York City region has to offer, introducing them to travelers, and giving them an opportunity to bring some home to their families. It also gave exposure to local food and beverage companies to an audience outside of New York.
Aside from farm fresh produce, travelers were also able to stock up on baked goods, pies, grains, honey, jams, maple syrup, pickles, and local wine, as well as munchies for the plane. They were also able to bide their time before flights by visiting education stations, or learning about composting first hand, since T5 already composts 300 pounds of their food scraps daily.