Many people have a hard time finding low-cost, fresh fruits and vegetables for their families. GrowNYC helps people buy fruits and vegetables in their communities from local farmers through a program called Greenmarket.
The Greenmarket was created for two reasons:
• to promote local farming by giving small family farms the chance to sell their locally grown products directly to the community and,
• to make sure that all New Yorkers can get the freshest, most nutritious locally grown food the New York area has to offer.
The fruits, vegetables and other goods from the markets are grown, caught, raised, and/or baked from local farmers. The Greenmarket is also a great way to conserve local farmland so New Yorkers can continue to get fresh, locally grown food!
Not only is the Greenmarket good for you and the farmers, but it is also good for the neighborhoods it is located in. The program helps neighborhoods that have a shortage of fresh fruits and vegetables. It also helps families have more nutritious foods to eat. Many markets can even take EBT food stamps, and any unsold produce feeds the hungry. Lastly, the market brings the community together and teaches them how they can eat healthier.
GrowNYC is a great resource for New York that offers green markets, recycling education, and renovation of community and school gardens. They also teach 30,000 children a year ways to engage with nature to be more environmentally friendly in the future.
For more information on Get Healthy Heights about the GrowNYC Washington Heights and Inwood Greenmarkets click here.