Bronxworks opens its yearly farm stand, offering affordable and nutritious produce.
An annual oasis of fresh and affordable produce is back in town.
The Mott Haven Farm Stand opened yesterday on the courtyard of Gotham Health Belvis on E. 142nd Street, where it will be open every Wednesday through November.
Partnered with GrowNYC and SNAP-Ed New York, the farm stand’s July 6 kickoff featured cooking lessons, nutritional guides, and vouchers for free produce. Affordability is key, as benefits like SNAP/EBT and FMNP are accepted.
“Right now with inflation, supermarkets are hiking up prices because they have their own cost to cover,” said Carolina Espinoza, Snap-Ed Nutrition Education and Obesity Program Director at Bronxworks, which sponsors the farm stand. “But we don’t have any overhead, so the cost of the food is as low as possible.”
Resident Sheila Young said that when the stand isn’t open and she needs produce, she travels to Yonkers or midtown Manhattan with her sone to buy her fruits and veggies, a trip that takes her 45 minutes each way. That inconvenience prompted Young to found the stand.
“We make it reasonable so people can come shop and be able to get a couple things,” she said. “A regular supermarket, I’m not going to get what I get here.”
The farm stand supplier, family-owned Nolasco Farms in New Jersey, says on its website that its produce is pesticide-free.