Local Produce

Where to Find Local Produce | Where to Find Nutrition Education Workshops | Health Bucks

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.

Where to Find Local Produce

Farmers Markets

There are more than 130 farmers markets in NYC, 28 of which operate year-round. Check out the different ways to find farmers markets near you:

Pre-purchased Produce Boxes

  • Pay one week in advance to receive local, fresh fruits and vegetables. Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards, Health Bucks, cash, credit and debit are accepted. Visit GrowNYC and Corbin Hill Food Project  to learn more.

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.

Where to Find Nutrition Education Workshops (July-November only)

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 farmersmarkets@health.nyc.gov 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:

WednesdaysSaturdays Sundays
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 farmersmarkets@health.nyc.gov.

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:

Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan
Bronxworks ECLC
1130 Grand Concourse
Wednesdays (3:30-6:30pm)
Inner Force Tots Learning Center
1181 E New York Ave
Fridays (4-6pm)

St. Marks Head Start & UPK
2017 Beverley Rd
Wednesdays (1:45-4pm)
Hudson Guild Children’s Center
459 W 26th St
Tuesdays (2:30-5:30pm)

Health Bucks

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.