Now that summer is in full swing, new fresh produce options are popping up on the Lower East Side.
You may have noticed that Rachel Mae’s Farmstand, which used to be located inside the Hester Street Fair, has moved street-side. On Saturdays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. you can find a selection of locally-grown fruits and vegetables in front of 19 Essex St. (the storefront is a Jewish-run business closed for the Sabbath). This past weekend, the bounty included strawberries, blueberries, asparagus and an assortment of leafy greens.
Beginning July 9, Gouverneur Health will be hosting a weekly Youthmarket on Thursdays from noon-5 p.m. Youth market is a branch of Grow NYC (the city’s green market program), which gets young people from under-served communities to help run the produce stands. EBT/Food Stamps, Debit/Credit, and WIC & FMNP Coupons are accepted. The Gouverneur market will be set up on Madison Street between Clinton and Jefferson streets.
Also on Thursdays, a Youthmarket location will be available again this year in front of the Abrons Art Center on Grand Street. The hours there are 11 a.m.-7 p.m.