The Health Department has a variety of programs that ease access to local produce, increase purchasing power for fruit and vegetables, and provide education and resources for preparing produce at home.
There are more than 130 farmers markets in NYC, 20 of which operate year-round. Check out the different ways to find farmers markets near you:
Pre-purchased Produce Boxes
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
CSAs allow residents to have direct access to high quality, local produce by purchasing a ‘share’ of vegetables from a regional farmer. Weekly or bi-weekly, from June until October or November, your farmer delivers a share of produce to a convenient drop-off location in your neighborhood. Visit justfood.org/csa to learn more.
Stellar Farmers Markets
The Stellar Farmers Markets program provides free, bilingual nutrition education and cooking demonstrations at select farmers markets throughout NYC. Using the New York State Health Department’s, “Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables” curriculum, Stellar Farmers Markets aims to increase fruit and vegetable consumption by teaching participants how and why to prepare healthy meals using fresh, seasonal produce. Participants over 18 years of age receive a $2 Health Bucks coupon for attending the workshop.
Download our Stellar Farmers Markets program recipes (PDF) for over one hundred fast, easy, affordable, and delicious recipes using fresh, frozen, canned or dried fruits and vegetables!
Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to email email@example.com to schedule a group visit.
Farmers Markets for Kids:
Farmers Markets for Kids provides free, bilingual food-based activities for children at select farmers markets. Classes encourage children to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables by engaging them in hands-on activities. Children explore fruits and vegetables, taste featured recipes and receive a $2 Health Buck coupon.
From July to November 2017, Farmers Markets for Kids is hosted at three farmers markets in Brooklyn and the Bronx at the following locations:
|170 Farm Stand
1406 Townsend Ave
Bronx, NY 10452
|South Bronx Farmers Market
138th St bet Willis and Alexander Aves
Bronx, NY 10454
|Parkside Plaza Greenmarket
Parkside and Ocean Aves
Brooklyn, NY 11226
To schedule a field trip, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Farm to Preschool
Farm to Preschool brings fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables to select New York City preschools, giving parents, staff and community members weekly access to fresh produce.
Each week, from July through November, parents, staff and community members can purchase a produce box with a variety of locally grown fruits and vegetables at participating preschools for $12. Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards, Health Bucks, cash, credit and debit are accepted.
Farm to Preschool also provides nutrition education and on-site food demonstrations. Lessons include the benefits of eating fresh fruits and vegetables and how to prepare simple, healthy recipes with locally grown produce.
Sign up to receive local produce and attend a cooking demonstration at one of these locations:
1130 Grand Concourse
|Inner Force Tots Learning Center
1181 E New York Ave
St. Marks Head Start & UPK
2017 Beverley Rd
|Hudson Guild Children’s Center
459 W 26th St
Health Bucks, worth two dollars ($2) each, are developed and distributed by the NYC Health Department and can be used to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at all farmers markets in NYC (PDF). Learn how to receive, distribute, or purchase Health Bucks.