The 2016 Market season is drawing to a close, folks!
See BushwickFarmersMarket.org for times and locations.
On Sunday October 30, Bushwick Farmers' Market and Friends present the seventh annual ¡CALABAZAFEST!, our way of thanking the community for another great season at Maria Hernandez Park. It's a cross-cultural mashup not to be missed! Full details can be found on our event site, www.CALABAZAFEST.com. (p.s. It's properly pronounced CA-LA-BA-SA-FEST!)
Home to more than 142,000 people, Bushwick is densely populated and diverse: Latinx, African-American, Caribbean-American and other immigrant communities all call it home. And, like most urban neighborhoods, access to economic opportunity and fresh produce is limited. Thirty percent of Bushwick residents currently live at or below the poverty line, and almost the same amount rely on government benefits - including food stamps. Over the past seven years, EcoStation has taken measured steps to change how this vibrant community of New Yorkers buys, eats, and identifies with food.
EcoStation's seasonal Bushwick Farmers’ Market locations reach over 45,000 customers each year, approximately 60% of whom use WIC and EBT as payment. We facilitate the sale of fresh, local produce from several area farms, most owned and operated by first or second-generation immigrant families, reflecting our community's beautiful diversity.
All of our markets host free, fun, live cooking and wellness workshops conducted by NYC Dept of Health's Stellar Markets program. And to complete the cycle, we collect food waste from customers and farmers - which is then composted at Bushwick Campus Farm.