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, 20 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 2016 to October 2016, Farmers Markets for Kids is hosted at two farmers markets in the South Bronx from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Locations
Tuesdays Saturdays
Mott Haven Farmers Market
139th Street and St. Ann’s Avenue
Bronx, NY 10454
South Bronx Farmers Market
138th Street between Alexander and Willis Aves
Bronx, NY 10454

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. Prices range from $12 to $14, and 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 each week by visiting one of these locations during distribution hours:

Bronx
Bronxworks
1130 Grand Concourse
Wednesdays, 3:30-6:30pm, distribution by GrowNYC
Brooklyn
Ace Integration Head Start
1419 Broadway
Wednesdays, 1:00- 4:00pm, distribution by GrowNYC
Inner Force Tots Learning Center
1181 E New York Ave
Fridays, 3:00-6:00pm, distribution by GrowNYC
St. Marks Head Start & UPK
2017 Beverly Road
Tuesdays, 1:00-4:00pm, distribution by GrowNYC
Manhattan
ABC Echo Park Early Childhood Center
1841 Park Ave (distribution located at 125th Street and Park Avenue)
Wednesdays, 3:00-7:00pm, distribution by GrowNYC
Child Center of New York – Escalera
169 West 87th Street
Wednesdays, 3:00 -6:30pm, distribution by Corbin Hill
Hudson Guild Children’s Center 459 West 26th Street
Tuesdays, 2:00-5:30pm, distribution by GrowNYC
Nicholas Cardell Day Care Center
84 Vermilyea Avenue
Wednesdays, 2:30-6:00pm, distribution by GrowNYC
Open Door Child Care Center
820 Columbus Avenue
Tuesdays, 3:00-6:00pm, distribution by Corbin Hill
Queens
Adventureland Child Care Center
32-04 31 Avenue
Fridays, 2:30-6:00pm, distribution by GrowNYC
Child Center of New York- Woodside
60-02 Roosevelt Avenue
Tuesdays, 3:00-6:00pm, distribution by Corbin Hill

 


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.