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, 28 of which operate year-round. Here’s how to find a 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 2018, Farmers Markets for Kids is hosted at three farmers markets:
170 Farm Stand
1406 Townsend Ave
Bronx, NY 10452
Children’s Aid Bronx Family Center
1515 Southern Blvd
Bronx, NY 10460
6th Avenue Sunset Park Farmers Market
44th Street & 6th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11220
To schedule a field trip, email email@example.com.
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.