Addressing Food Insecurity in Our Community

Addressing Food Insecurity in Our Community

Addressing Food Insecurity in Our Community

Farmers Market/Artisan Market
Community Supported Agriculture
Food Pantry
Farmers Market/Artisan Market
Community Supported Agriculture
Food Pantry
Farmers Market/Artisan Market
Community Supported Agriculture
Food Pantry

Market in the Heights
@ CCNY

Farmer’s Market

Convent Avenue
CSA

Community Supported Agriculture

Market in the Heights
@ 125th Street

Farmer’s Market

Fairview
Greenburgh

Farmer’s Market
Statement of Need
Chronic illness and disease are among the leading causes of death in the United States and focal points of health disparities among racial/ethnic minorities.
Food security and access to healthy foods play a large role in the reduced risks of chronic diseases such as: heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and some types of cancer. While New York is arguably one of the most diverse cities in the nation, the composition of Hispanics/Latinos and African-Americans is significantly higher in the Harlem while leading causes of death and hospital admissions for the top ten leading causes of death are 45% higher in Harlem compared to New York City overall.
According to the Hunter College of New York City Food Policy Center, approximately 23.8% of Harlem is food insecure compared to 15.4% of New York City residents. Specifically, 4,548,222 and 6,300,973 meals are needed for food security in East and Central Harlem, respectively. Additionally, the ratio of supermarkets to bodegas in both Central (1:11) and East (1:17) highlights decreased access to healthier foods which aligns with Harlem’s higher rate of obesity (31% versus 24%), diabetes (14% versus 11%), and hypertension (34.5% versus 28%) compared to New York City.
Launched in 2021, NYS Health’s ‘Healthy Food, Healthy Lives’ priority area seeks to advance policies and programs that connect New Yorkers with the food they need to thrive through two strategies: a) policies that promote healthy and affordable food; and b) testing and scaling programs that connect people to healthy and affordable food. Subsequently, we propose a targeted push for nutrition equity as the foundation for a healthy community and as a key component of the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) process.
Through simultaneously fulfilling the need for meals and healthier eating options in Harlem, we can create scalable, flexible, and adaptable processes that intentionally aim for equitable health outcomes.
About Us

Locations

Farmer’s Market

Our Farmers markets operate under the guidelines of the Office of Citywide Event Coordination and Management whereas we are an open-air markets where products grown, raised, caught or baked by local farmers and fishers are available for sale to the general public.

Market in the Heights @CCNY

The Campus of the City College of New York
138th Street and Convent Avenue, New York, NY 10031

2024 “Pop-up” Schedule Coming Soon

Community Supported Agriculture

Community Supported Agriculture programs, have become popular across the country, as a way to get fresh healthy food and support local farmers and food systems. Each week during the season, the farmer delivers a share of great tasting, healthful food to predetermined locations, where members pick it up.

Convent Avenue – CSA

The Campus of the City College of New York
138th Street and Convent Avenue, New York, NY 10031

2024 Schedule Coming Soon


Market in the Heights @125

Adam Clayton Powell Jr, State Office Building
163 West 125 th Street, New York., NY 10027

Saturdays

Market Hours 9:00am – 3:00pm

Fairview Greenburgh Farmers Market

Elm Street & Manhattan Avenue

Greenburgh, New York

Saturdays

Market Hours 9:00am – 2:00pm


What is a Farm Share?

Farm shares (sometimes called Community Supported Agriculture programs, or CSAs), have become popular across the country, as a way to get fresh healthy food and support local farmers and food systems.
Farm share programs provide a direct link between local farmers and consumers by allowing members to purchase a share of a farmer’s crop before it is grown each season. This provides the farmer the up front cash needed for seed, equipment, and other expenses to farm throughout the season, so they are less reliant on bank loans. Each week during the season, the farmer delivers a share of great tasting, healthful food to predetermined locations, where members pick it up.
Farm share members share in the harvest: during good growing seasons, everyone benefits by getting more produce. When the season is less bountiful, members shoulder the risk and receive less. This type of arrangement helps people to connect back to the earth and the food they eat.

CHARACTERISTICS OF A FARM SHARE:

  • Farm share members purchase a share before the season starts and shoulder the risks along with the farmer. The farmer then has an obligation to provide a share of the produce they grow to their members.
  • Farm shares feature locally grown, freshly picked produce which tastes better and is priced competitively with supermarkets. Most farm share programs offer a variety of vegetables, fruits and herbs in season. Some provide a full array of farm products, such as shares of eggs, meat, milk and baked goods.
  • Farm shares connect local farmers directly with consumers, which helps develop a regional food supply and strong local economy. Farm shares also cut out the middleman, which lowers costs for consumers and provides better income for farmers.
  • Some farmers use organic, certified natural, sustainable or biodynamic farming methods, minimizing adverse environmental impact and encouraging land stewardship.
  • Farm shares help maintain a sense of community. Farm share organizers often host farm days, inviting members to visit the farm and, in some cases, help grow food. Many also offer recipes and suggestions on how to cook the unique variety of vegetables provided each week.
  • Some are dedicated to serving particular community needs, such as helping the homeless, seniors or children, or low income groups.

Partial CSA Farm Shares

Weekly

Need only the essentials?  Choose individual options of Vegetables, Fruit, Dairy, or Eggs.

Every Thursday –  Season Starts : June 8th

Orders Must be in by Monday 11:59pm
for Thursday pickup;10:30am until 4:00pm.

CSA Farm Shares – Full Season

PrePaid – 22 Weeks

Every Thursday –  Season Starts : June 8th

Orders Must be in by Monday 11:59pm
for Thursday pickup;10:30am until 4:00pm.

Participating Vendors 2024 season

Explore the Taste

Becoming a Vendor?

To be considered as a potential partner, please review our requirements for particiation.

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