Get Fresh Yonkers Farmers’ Market Features Expanded Lineup

Yvonne-Hamilton,-a-Groundwork-Citizen-Farmer-and-Irvington-resident

Nicholas Dagher, Farmer’s Market Intern; Kenneth Garris, Green Team Youth Leader; Jordanne Lewis, Farmers Market Volunteer; Nathan Hunter, Director of Healthy
Communities; and Maggie Tebbetts, Manhattan College Rooftop Garden Intern

The season is in full swing at Get Fresh Yonkers Farmers’ Market, which runs Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until October 27, 2017 at Philips Manor Hall state historic site. This year the market introduced three new vendors to the Yonkers community: Red Hibiscus Bakery, General Cochran Farm and Acevedo Farm.

Red Hibiscus Bakery’s mission is to “bring a little bit of the islands into each customer’s home,” says founder Farrah Fournillier. Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, Fournillier incorporates New York-grown fruits and spices into her Caribbean baked goods. The bakery specializes in vegan, gluten-free and sugar-free desserts.

George Hoffman of General Cochran Farm raises hormone- and antibiotic-free meats, dairy and eggs with his family in Wassaic. “My team and I want to share the experience of drinking fresh sweet milk, enjoying creamy yogurt and having delicious eggs and meats year round,” Hoffman says.

Acevedo Farm grows quality vegetables in nearby Goshen. “While our family farm is not certified organic—we opted not to become certified organic in order to avoid the complex and bureaucratic process—we don’t believe in using pesticides, and we continue to find ways to grow using the best practices for the land,” says owner Ernest Acevedo.

The market also sells locally grown produce and hydroponic vegetables from Groundwork Hudson Valley’s Citizen Farmers and Science Barge, as well as items from other local vendors, such as Sololi’s colorful artisan jewelry, fabric and goods from Latin America and the Caribbean.

The Get Fresh Yonkers Farmers’ Market is a program of Groundwork Hudson Valley, which empowers communities to reclaim and revitalize environmentally and economically distressed neighborhoods. Based in southwest Yonkers, GWHV partners with residents, city officials, schools, businesses and other nonprofits to bolster food access in underserved communities; refurbish parks, rivers, trails and other public spaces; provide summer employment for Yonkers public high school students; and teach about resilience, climate change and sustainable living aboard the Science Barge, its off-the-grid floating farm on the Hudson River.

For more information about the Get Fresh Yonkers Farmers’ Market, including vending opportunities, contact Nathan Hunter at 914.375.2151 or Nathan@GroundworkHV.org.

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