Growing up in a small town in the central Appalachian mountains, we always had access to fresh local produce. Friends and family planted their own gardens with long, tangy rhubarb and a rainbow of juicy tomatoes. But moving to the city did not mean giving up this blessed abundance. New York City is lucky to have many neighborhood farmers markets that pop up several days a week, each with its schedule and inventory calibrated to the wants and needs of that micro-community.
Last week in my apartment community’s residents association newsletter, there was a fabulous notice that we were getting our own Famers Market right outside the gates of our complex.
I planned to get up in time to be there right when the stands opened to ensure I got everything on my list of New York State-grown produce: tomatoes, zucchini, carrots, leafy salad greens, sweet potatoes, green onions, and sweet bell peppers.
Our farmers market is managed by Down to Earth, whose mission is to create economic opportunities for local farmers, processors, and consumers to trade with one another for mutual benefit; to celebrate our food culture together to enhance community life; and cultivate knowledge, awareness, and practices among consumers and producers to care for the environment and build the local food economy.