Soundview Farmers’ Market Opens Today!

Harvest Home Farmers’ Market is opening its ninth location right in Soundview offering up fresh fruits and vegetables as well as nutrition information.

From Harvest Home:

The ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the Soundview Farmers Market will take place on Saturday, June 20, 2015, at 11 a.m.This new market, located at Morrison Avenue between Harrod Place and Westchester Avenue in the Bronx, will serve more than 60,000 residents, including approximately 10,000 SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program/food stamp) recipients. The market will offer farm fresh fruits and vegetables from Alstede farms, a New Jersey grower, and Caradonna Farms from Marlboro, New York.

 

Harvest Home will also be launching its “Eating for Good Health” mobile app, which enables local residents to search for recipes, ingredients, and grocery items available at the market that match their personal dietary restrictions and food preferences.

 

Having a farmers market in this area has been a long held dream of Assemblyman Marcos A. Crespo (D- Bronx, 85th AD). And he, in conjunction with other New York State and New York City Elected Officials from the Bronx heartily welcome Harvest Home Farmers market to the Soundview community. Assemblyman Crespo noted that, “Healthy eating habits promote overall healthy lifestyles, which is why I am excited about welcoming Harvest Home Farmers Market to Soundview.” He pointed out that “Bringing in an array of healthy and organic produce to our community, in an affordable way, enhances healthier choices for both adults and children.”

 

Council Member Annabel Palma (D-Bronx, 18th Council District), a big supporter of the market stated, “I am excited to have a new farmers market in the Soundview section of my district; now my community will have better access to healthy food. I firmly believe that, when given the opportunities, New Yorkers want to eat healthy – they simply need to be provided the option.”

 

To encourage residents to shop at the Soundview Farmers Market, Harvest Home is partnering with the Institute of Family Health through its Bronx Health REACH program to issue Fruit and Vegetable Rx to its patients at the Stevenson Health Center. The Rx can be exchanged for Health Bucks at the farmers market to purchase produce. Bronx Health REACH’s Director Charmaine Ruddock notes, “The Soundview Farmers Market represents a significant win for the Soundview community looking to buy fresh, farm grown produce in their neighborhood. With the Bronx having some of the highest rates of diet-related diseases such as obesity and diabetes in New York State, the Soundview Farmers Market will provide a means for making fresh fruits and vegetables more affordable for local residents.”

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