Addressing Food Insecurity in Our Community

Farmers Market/Artisan Market
Community Supported Agriculture
Food Pantry
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

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.

Location

Market In The Heights is located on the spacious campus of the City College Of New York; in the Hamilton Heights/Sugar Hill Section in the Village of Harlem. You can find us starting at the Corner of 138th Street & Convent Avenue. We operate Thursdays and Saturdays from Noon till 6pm. Our exact address is 160 Convent Avenue, New York, NY 10031

Some of our Farmer’s Market Vendors Include

Some of our Farmer’s Market Vendors Include:

Triple J Farms

Fresh Eggs, Syrup

Liberty Farms

Fresh Vegetables

P & S Seafood

Fresh Seafood

Roaming Acres

Fresh Meats

Goode & Local

Fresh Meats

Artisian Market

Market In The Height’s Artisan Market prides itself as a community-based events specializing in art, crafts and a wide variety of local and regional food, all offered for saleby the artisans themselves.

Brinsmade Bakery

Baked Goods/Cookies

Caribbean Hibiscus

Caribbean Sorrel

Cano Coffee Company

Fresh Coffee

The Spice Beast

Spices

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.

How It Works:

The Farmer

The farmer brings produce to the below distribution locations for members in-person pickup.

Members

Members buy shares growing season from our local farmer who grows and packages the produce.

Farm to Fork

Make delicious meals in real-time with locally group fresh ingredients!

Partial Farm Shares – Weekly

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

Orders Must be in by Monday 11:59pm for Thursday pickup.

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 Farm Shares – Weekly

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

Orders Must be in by Monday 11:59pm for Thursday pickup.

Farm Shares – Full Season

PrePaid – 22 Weeks

Every Thursday –  Season Starts : June 9th 2022

Participating Vendors 2022

Explore the Taste

Becoming a Vendor?

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

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a Team Unity experience

“Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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