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.
A few fun things in the neighborhood to consider this weekend! First, Cumbe, the Center for African and Diaspora Dance, is hosting a community dance day this Saturday. At their studio, 1368 Fulton Street, they’re offered a number of classes between 9:30am and 6pm. And they all cost $5! You can see the full day’s schedule right here.
Second, the Hattie Carthan Community Garden is hosting its annual “Farmy Folks Soiree” this Saturday night. It’s the end-of-season market celebration where the garden honors their volunteers and participants that contribute to the community. The four-course meal is served on the farm, complete with freshly baked bread and local wines. You can buy tickets to the event right here.
Photo via Facebook
Did you know Bed-Stuy has a weekend farmer’s market that is part of a grassroots, POC-led agricultural revitalization project based here in the neighborhood? The Hattie Carthan Community Garden–once a vacant, toxic plot of land–has been transformed into a full-on garden on the corner of Lafayette and Marcy. They’re growing enough that there are now two weekend farmer’s markets that also host regular events.
The first takes place on Saturdays, 9am to 3pm, right next to the garden on Clifton Street between Nostrand and Marcy. The second is on Sundays, between 1pm and 6pm, on Van Buren Street between Tompkins and Throop.
Local kids works the stands, and there are a number of community events rooted in various food justice and social principles like sustainability, culture and community. Upcoming events include a bread baking class (in the farm’s clay oven), a Life and Death dia de Los Muertos celebration, and communal farm dinners. To check out upcoming events, go here! And you can like and follow the farm on Facebook here.
Photos courtesy of the Hattie Carthan Community Garden