Grand Street’s Youthmarket Produce Stand Returns Tomorrow

Support regional farmers and neighborhood youth employment programs at the same time, while stocking your refrigerator with produce from the Lower East Side Youthmarket which returns to Grand Street for a third summer tomorrow afternoon.

Youthmarket Returns to Grand Street Thursday Afternoons

Photo credit: Henry Street Settlement.

Once again this summer, the Henry Street Settlement is hosting the Lower East Side Youthmarket on Thursday afternoons.  The young people working at the farm stand are graduates of Henry Street’s Young Adult Internship Program.  Grow NYC, which oversees the city’s greenmarkets, began partnering with Henry Street last summer.

The idea is to give the students real-world experience while increasing healthy food options in underserved communities.  Previously Grow NYC operated a conventional greenmarket on Essex Street, but it never attracted enough business to make it worthwhile for regional farmers.

The Youthmarket takes place alongside the Abrons Arts Center on Grand Street from 3-7 p.m. on Thursdays. It will operate until mid-November.


New Grand Street Youthmarket Opening

The Hester Street Greenmarket did not return this year, but a new Youthmarket begins tomorrow a few blocks away.

Starting tomorrow, LES residents will have a new option to buy farm-fresh produce without leaving the neighborhood. A new partnership between Grow NYC and the Henry Street Settlement will bring fruits and vegetables to a farmers’ market in front of the Abrons Arts

Hester Street Greenmarket is Out; LES Youthmarket is In

Here’s a good news/bad news story. First, the bad: the Sunday Hester Street Greenmarket will not be returning to the Lower East Side this summer.  For the past few years, Grow NYC tried to make a go of it — first on Grand Street and then on Essex, alongside the Hester Street Fair.  Unfortunately, there was never sufficient demand for the farm-fresh produce being offered by the three or four farms represented. So the city has decided to call it quits.