Monthly Archives: November 2010

Trustees approve grant for Farmer’s Markets

Harvest Home Farmer’s Market makes it possible for farmers to bring fresh produce to low income neighborhoods in New York City. Harvest Home was started in 1993 by Martiza Wellington Owens. She was asked to create a market at the hospital where she worked. At the time, she was the only one who was able to successfully run a farmer’s market in inner city neighborhoods, so other organizations asked for her help to open a market in their neighborhood. Now there are 22 markets in the Bronx, Queens, Manhattan and Brooklyn. This year, Harvest Home was the recipient of a $90,000 grant from the USDA for Farmer’s Market Promotion Program (FMPP) to expand consumer access to healthier food. These grants are aimed at increasing the availability of fresh, local products in these self-identified “food deserts”, and making sure they are affordable.