New Farmers Market Crops Up in Morris Heights

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

On June 28th, BronxWorks held a grand opening and ribbon cutting for a new farmers market location in the Morris Heights neighborhood.  The Heights Community Farmers Market will be open every Thursday until November 15, from 9 am to 3 pm.  The market is located at University Avenue and West 181st Street, on the corner of the Aqueduct Walk.

Vendor stalls were brimming with farm-fresh produce from Fresh Radish Farm in Goshen, NY and El Poblano Farm in Staten Island, NY.  There were locally grown beets, radishes, lettuces, carrots, chamomile, and others goodies.  Local group Leave it Better was there to showcase the work they have been doing in schools and local community gardens.  They also sold lettuce grown right here in Morris Heights!

SNAP Gardens was present to raise awareness about using SNAP/EBT benefits to purchase food-producing plants and seeds.  An Outreach specialist from the BronxWorks Food Stamp Outreach program was there to prescreen Bronx residents for SNAP/EBT eligibility and assist with food stamp applications.  BombaYo’s Jose Ortiz (aka Dr. Drum) and seniors provided live music and entertainment for the opening.

The market accepts cash, debit/credit, EBT/SNAP, Farmers Market Nutrition Program coupons (FMNP & SFMNP), WIC Vegetables and Fruit Checks, and Health Bucks.  The Heights Community Farmers Market is supported by the New York Community Trust and United Neighborhood Houses as part of the Community Experience Partnership.  We also appreciate the help of GrowNYC-New Farmer Development Project, NYC Parks & Recreation, NYC DOT, Just Food, Farmers Market Federation of NY, and the USDA.

From left to right:  Rosalina Luongo, BronxWorks Heights Senior Center Director; Kathryn Speller, community activist; John Weed, BronxWorks Assistant Executive Director; Gudelio Garcia, El Poblano Farm; Carolyn McLaughlin, BronxWorks Executive Director, and Feliciano Gonzalez, Fresh Radish Farm

Please watch this profile of the farmers market on Bronx News Channel 12 below:

In this video, Program Coordinator Robert Moore speaks on the BronxNet Dialogo Abierto program about the farmers market. (The opening credits are in Spanish, but the program is in English.)

For more information, please contact Robert Moore at rmoore@bronxworks.org or (718) 299-0300.

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