Food Day: Big Apple Crunch & Apple Cider FSNYC Event


The Big Apple Crunch is an attempt to set the world record for the "Most Participants in an Apple-Crunching Event." This event will take place on FOOD DAY - October 24, 2013. New Yorkers can participate by finding a crunch near you: at any of GrowNYC's Greenmarket Farmers' Markets or another location near you or by hosting a crunch yourself! We want it to be the crunch heard 'round the world! Please pledge to take a bite with us at 12pm or at any time during the day that works for you. - a New York City based organization tracking new world records - will be tracking our progress towards having the "Most Participants in an Apple-Crunching Event!"

How to participate:

Food Systems Network NYC -October Open Networking Meeting
New York Apples and the Growing Hard Cider Industry

Co-hosted by Glynwood
Slow Food NYC, and 61 Local

Date: Thursday, October 24, 2013

Time: 6:00-8:30 pm

Location: 61 Local - 61 Bergen St. (btn. Smith & Court); Brooklyn

Features: networking, tasting of cider apple varieties, panel discussion, cash bar (NY hard ciders available!)

RSVP here, space is limited!

Note: FSNYC members attend free. Suggested donation of $10 for non-FSNYC members. Donations and membership enrollment accepted at the door.

About the program:

New York is the second largest producer of apples in the U.S., and the growing popularity of hard cider is bringing new opportunities to orchards. In celebration of Cider Week NYFood Day 2013, and the Big Apple Crunch campaign, this panel discussion will explore how hard cider production offers growers economic opportunities, revives “cider apple varieties,” and brings new possibilities for sustainable practices. The apple is our iconic NY fruit and hard cider is giving it a brighter future, thanks in large part to the thirst of NYC.

This panel will be moderated by Sara GradyVice President of Programming at Glynwood and founder of the Apple Project and Cider Week, joined by four of the leading NY apple growers and craft cider producers:

  • Tim Dressel, Kettleborough Ciderhouse & Dressel Orchards
  • Elizabeth Ryan, Hudson Valley Farmhouse Cider & Breezy Hill Orchards
  • Autumn Stoscheck, Eve’s Cidery (invited)
  • Dan Wilson, Slyboro Ciderhouse & Hicks Orchard

About Food Systems Network NYC (FSNYC)

FSNYC is a membership organization dedicated to supporting universal access to wholesome, nutritious, and healthful food and a strong, regional farm and food economy by cultivating community and fostering communication among food system stakeholders. FSNYC is a program of the Fund for the City of New York.

About Glynwood

Glynwood is a agricultural nonprofit based in Cold Spring, NY with a mission to strengthen the regional food system throughout the Hudson Valley. In addition to growing vegetables and raising pastured livestock on a historic 225-acre farm, Glynwood operates a number of innovative programs that enhance the viability of farming at the regional scale.

About Slow Food NYC

Slow Food NYC is the New York City chapter of Slow Food, a non-profit, member-supported organization founded in 1989 to counteract the culture of fast food. Slow Food stands against the disappearance of local food traditions and people's dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world.

About 61 Local

61 Local is a convivial public house, celebrating locally crafted food, drink and the people who make it. 61 Local regularly hosts programming and events spotlighting the spirited Brooklyn community. Check out their public calendar for upcoming classes and local happenings 61 Local.


Other ways to participate:


You can organize a group crunch, join another group crunch, or bite into an apple at any time during the day that works for you. 

To organize a group crunch :

All you need to do is register your group and then gather everyone to crunch into an apple together on October 24th.  Crunches can take places at schools, classrooms, workplaces, colleges, hospitals, and anywhere else. 

To join in a group crunch:

There will be group crunches happening in many locations throughout the City on October 24th, including at all of the Greenmarkets that will be open that day.  To find a Greenmarket farmers market near you, look at out Find a Crunch to Join section or click here:  Farmers markets are also a great place to buy local apples – you can find a complete list of NYC farmers markets at

To crunch on your own:  

Just sign up and eat an apple.