Youthmarket is a network of urban farm stands operated by neighborhood youth, supplied by local farmers, and designed to bring fresh fruits and vegetables to communities throughout New York City. Through Youthmarket, families in all five boroughs now have increased access to farm fresh food; youth in these areas have earned money and learned small-business skills; and farmers in the New York City region are achieving higher revenue through access to underserved markets.
Having access to affordable produce is so important and that’s why we love Youthmarket. Based on the Greenmarket model, Youthmarket seeks to overcome this problem by linking regional farmers with underserved consumers in New York City. Communities benefit from an influx of fresh, healthy food and farmers access new markets without the costs associated with retailing.
Find out where your local market is, you won’t regret it. It’s a weekend ritual for me to head over to the Saturday market in McCarren park now.
Support Youthmarket by heading to one of there locations or you can donate to GrowNYC, you are helping to provide access to fresh and local food, support family farms, grow and maintain vibrant green spaces and community gardens, help all New Yorkers recycle more and waste less, and create the next generation of environmental leaders. And your donation is 100% tax-deductible. Donate here.