Part of what Greenmarket Co. does is to increase our own internal efficiencies and economies of scale to allow for greater affordable food opportunities citywide via our other projects like Youthmarket, Fresh Food Box, etc. These project sites scattered throughout the city, in turn, increase low- and moderate-income consumer access to healthy local foods.

Fresh Food Box

GrowNYC's Fresh Food Box Program is a food access initiative that allows underserved communities to purchase fresh, healthy, locally-grown produce in pre-packed boxes containing the best of what’s seasonally available on regional farms. Fresh Food Box customers can take advantage of the cost benefits of buying in a group, and enjoy the quality and variety of a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share with the flexibility to buy by the week rather than by the season.

From July through November, GrowNYC distributes Fresh Food Boxes in collaboration with community partner organizations at 18 sites in NYC. To participate, customers pre-order bags one week in advance on the designated distribution day, and the next week pick up their Fresh Food Box containing 8-10 seasonal fruits and vegetables, as well as information on how to store and prepare the produce they’ve received. Customers can pay in cash, credit/debit, and EBT/SNAP benefits. To participate, please go one of the sites listed below during distribution hours on the appointed day to sign-up and pay for a Fresh Food Box to be picked up the following week. To learn more about Fresh Food Box contact ntucker@grownyc.org.

Youthmarket

Youthmarket is a network of urban farm stands operated by neighborhood youth, supplied by local farmers, and designed to bring fresh fruits and vegetables to communities throughout New York City. Through Youthmarket, families in NYC have increased access to farm fresh food; youth in these areas have earned money and learned small-business skills; and farmers in the New York City region are achieving higher revenue through access to underserved markets.

From July-November, GrowNYC operates Youthmarket farm stands throughout the city in collaboration with more than 25 community partner organizations. Our Youthmarkets are an important source of fresh, healthy, local produce, and affordable retail pricing and our ability to accept EBT/SNAP benefits, Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, and other healthy food subsidies makes shopping at Youthmarkets affordable for low-income families. For more information about Youthmarket, contact kpetrovic@grownyc.org.

Healthy Retail

Many communities in Central Brooklyn lack access to healthy foods and suffer from high instances of diet-related diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. Thanks to support from the USDA and New York State Department of Health, GrowNYC is working with independent food retailers to improve access to fresh, high- quality foods in historically underserved communities in Central Brooklyn. GrowNYC’s food hub and distribution program, Greenmarket Co., distributes farm-fresh local produce and provides marketing support to supermarkets, green grocers and bodegas in Brownsville, Bed-Stuy, and Bushwick. By engaging local teens and community residents to work alongside storeowners we are helping retailers and consumers take steps towards a more equitable food landscape.

To learn more about our healthy retail work in Central Brooklyn contact jbach@grownyc.org.