Starting tomorrow, Saturday, the annual Hattie Carthan Community Farmers Markets are open at Cliton Place and Marcy Avenue. The markets come from an initiative in 2009 when community advocate Yonnette Fleming led gardeners to revitalize and reclaim an abandoned parcel used to dump toxic materials for over twenty years. The space is now beautiful, thanks to thousands of volunteer hours from the community.
The markets feature a variety of community programs, including fresh local food (of course), mixed veggie basket pickups, compost drop off, cooking demos, youth programming, food for sale, a smoothie bike, fresh eggs and food justice education.
For more information on the markets, how to volunteer, or to learn about programs like the food basket, go here.
The Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation has expanded the farmers markets in the neighborhood this summer, according to DNAinfo. The BSRC typically runs the Marcy Plaza Farmer’s Market every year through November, and that market will kick off this Wednesday, July 13th and continue running Wednesdays from 10 am to 5 pm. With a $99,000 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture Farmers Market Promotion Program, there will be more markets, advertising and cooking demonstrations. The BSRC will also work with Head Start programs to provide fresh food from the markets for participants. The goal, as organizers told DNAinfo, was to work with “hyper-local and regional farmers of color” that reflected the neighborhood’s demographics. Here’s the market lineup for the summer:
Marcy Plaza Farmer’s Market
Fulton Street and Marcy Avenue
Wednesdays, 10 am to 5 pm
Hattie Carthan Community Farmers’ Market
Marcy Avenue and Clifton Place
Saturdays, 9 am to 3 pm
Malcolm X Boulevard Farmers’ Market
Marion and Chauncey streets
Saturdays, 8 am to 3 pm
Hattie Carthan After Church Farmers’ Market
49 Van Buren St. between Tompkins and Throop avenues
Sundays, 1 pm to 6 pm
Marcy Plaza Farmers Market via EastBrooklyn.com