|Born||Greg Henry Quinn|
|Known for||Blackcurrant promoter|
Greg Quinn (born 1950) is an American farmer in Staatsburg, New York, who with the help of several state senators and assemblypersons successfully overturned a 1911 New York state ban in 2003 on the commercial cultivation of blackcurrants, a berry fruit used in juice, jams, candy, yogurt, ice cream, and cereal that provides twice the antioxidant ORCA capacity per serving of blueberries, four times the vitamin C content of oranges, and twice the potassium content of bananas. With no supply and no market, his company, Au Currant Enterprises, began to grow black currants on his 135-acre (55 ha), farm and Quinn sought to interest consumers and New York farmers in the fruit, which was then being supplied to the United States by Europe.
In addition to farming and teaching at the New York Botanical Garden, Quinn has written eight children's books published by Scholastic Press, including the titles A Gift of a Tree, The Garden in Our Yard, 365 Meditations for Teachers, and books within the Natural Treasure series. He also has written for SKY magazine, Good Housekeeping, and Fine Gardening and has been "The Garden and Nature Guy" on WHUD and other Pamal Broadcasting radio stations, and FOX 5 television, WNYW out of New York City.
- Lisa W. Foderaro (October 16, 2003). "Is This New York's Idaho Potato?; Entrepreneur Has Grand Plans for Black Currants". New York Times. Retrieved August 6, 2012.
- "Greg Henry Quinn publications". Worldcat. 2012. Retrieved August 6, 2012.
- Associated Press (April 22, 2003). "New York Hopes to Grow 'Forbidden Fruit'". Press of Atlantic City. p. A2. Retrieved August 6, 2012.
- Michael Risinit (August 18, 2004). "Grower: Future lies in currants". The Journal News. p. A1. Retrieved August 6, 2012.
- William Brantley (July 13, 2005). "Why Is This Crop Forbidden Fruit?". Boston Globe. p. C1. Retrieved August 6, 2012.
- Karen Miltner (July 19, 2005). "Correction to Story: There's a new berry in town. The black currant is welcomed back after decades of exile.". Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester, NY). p. 1C. Retrieved August 6, 2012.
- Jeff Cioletti (August 15, 2005). "Fanciful musings: NASFT's Summer Fancy Food Show brings the world to New York.". Beverage World. Ideal Media LLC. 124 (8): 16. Retrieved August 6, 2012.
- Doug Blackburn (August 17, 2005). "Currant Events: Greg Quinn is a dreamer. He may turn out to also be a visionary.". Albany Times Union. p. D1. Retrieved August 6, 2012.
- "New Yorker Aims to Restore Currants to Former Glory". Fruit Growers News. Great American Media Services, Sparta Michigan. December 2005. Retrieved August 6, 2012.
- Sarah Theodore (February 1, 2006). "Wellness market offers healthy sales opportunities". Beverage Industry. Stagnito Publishing. 97 (2): 32. Retrieved August 6, 2012.
- Cornell University College of Agriculture & Life Sciences (July 26, 2006). "Welcome Back Black Currants: Forbidden Fruit Making Comeback In New York". US State News. Retrieved August 6, 2012.
- Steve Saland (April 1, 2008). "State Sen. Saland Bill To Encourage Cultivation Of New Fruit Crops Passes Senate". US State News. Retrieved August 6, 2012.
- "First berry event hails health role". Horticulture Week. Haymarket Business Publications. January 9, 2009. Retrieved August 6, 2012.
- Christopher W. Davis (July 2009). "Turning a Profit on Juice: A former spy picks forbidden fruit and sells health in the produce aisle.". Reader's Digest. Retrieved August 6, 2012.
- Indrani Sen (July 22, 2009). "A Tart Berry Reintroduces Itself". New York Times. p. D2. Retrieved August 6, 2012.
- Elizabeth Fuhrman (August 1, 2009). "Up Close With... The Currant Co. A new market for black currants". Beverage Industry. BNP Media. 100 (8): 38. Retrieved August 6, 2012.
- Emily Stewart (July 27, 2010). "After a wet 2009, local farmers welcome the sun". Poughkeepsie Journal. p. 1A. Retrieved August 6, 2012.
- Greg Quinn official website
- Greg Quinn in the news
- Black currants on Facebook - Greg Quinn's Facebook page