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.