Find Local Produce and Nutrition Education
The Health Department has a variety of programs that ease access to local produce, increase purchasing power for fruit and vegetables, and provide education and resources for preparing produce at home.
- How to find local produce
- Where to find nutrition education workshops
How to find local produce
Locate nearby farmers’ markets:
Pre-purchased produce boxes:
- Pay one week in advance to receive local, fresh fruits and vegetables. Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards, Health Bucks, cash, credit and debit are accepted. Visit GrowNYC and Corbin Hill Food Project to learn more.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA):
- CSAs allow residents to have direct access to high quality, local produce by purchasing a ‘share’ of vegetables from a regional farmer. Weekly or bi-weekly, from June until October or November, your farmer delivers a share of produce to a convenient drop-off location in your neighborhood. Visit justfood.org/csa to learn more.
Farm to Preschool
Farm to Preschool brings fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables to select New York City preschools, giving parents, staff and community members weekly access to fresh produce.
Each week, from July through November, parents, staff and community members can purchase a produce box with a variety of locally grown fruits and vegetables at participating preschools. Prices range from $12 to $14, and Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards, Health Bucks, cash, credit and debit are accepted.
Farm to Preschool also provides nutrition education and on-site food demonstrations. Lessons include the benefits of eating fresh fruits and vegetables and how to prepare simple, healthy recipes with locally grown produce.
Sign up to receive local produce each week by visiting one of these locations during distribution hours:
1130 Grand Concourse
Wednesdays, 3:30-6:30pm, distribution by GrowNYC
Ace Integration Head Start
Wednesdays, 1:00- 4:00pm, distribution by GrowNYC
Bishop Sexton Head Start
933 Herkimer Street
Wednesdays, 1:30-4:30pm, distribution by GrowNYC
Inner Force Tots Learning Center
1181 E New York Ave
Fridays, 3:00-6:00pm, distribution by GrowNYC
St. Marks Head Start & UPK
2017 Beverly Road
Tuesdays, 1:30-4:30pm, distribution by GrowNYC
Child Center of New York – Escalera
169 West 87th Street
Wednesdays, 2:30 -6:30pm, distribution by Corbin Hill
East Harlem Bilingual Head Start
440 East 116th Street
Wednesdays, 1:00-4:00pm, distribution by GrowNYC
Hudson Guild Children’s Center
459 West 26th Street
Tuesdays, 2:30-6:00pm, distribution by GrowNYC
Nicholas Cardell Day Care Center
84 Vermilyea Avenue
Wednesdays, 2:30-6:00pm, distribution by GrowNYC
Open Door Child Care Center
820 Columbus Avenue
Tuesdays, 2- 6 pm, distribution by Corbin Hill
All Children's Child Care Center/ Adventureland Child Care Center
32-04 31 Avenue
Fridays, 3:30-6:30pm, distribution by GrowNYC
Child Center of New York- Woodside
60-02 Roosevelt Avenue
Tuesdays, 2-6pm, distribution by Corbin Hill
Health Bucks, worth two dollars ($2) each, are developed and distributed by the NYC Health Department and can be used to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at all farmers' markets in NYC (PDF).
Beginning July, all farmers' markets in NYC will accept Health Bucks until November 30!
Learn how to receive, distribute, or purchase Health Bucks.
Where to find nutrition education workshops
Stellar Farmers' Markets
The Stellar Farmers’ Markets program provides free, bilingual nutrition education and cooking demonstrations at select farmers’ markets (PDF) throughout NYC from July - November. Using the New York State Health Department’s, “Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables” curriculum, Stellar Farmers' Markets aims to increase fruit and vegetable consumption by teaching participants how and why to prepare healthy meals using fresh, seasonal produce. Participants over 18 years of age receive a $2 Health Bucks coupon for attending the workshop.
Download our Stellar Farmers’ Markets program recipes(PDF) for over one hundred fast, easy, affordable, and delicious recipes using fresh, frozen, canned or dried fruits and vegetables!
Groups of 10 or more are encouraged email email@example.com to schedule a group visit.
Farmers’ Markets for Kids
Farmers’ Markets for Kids provides free, bilingual food-based activities for children at select farmers’ markets (PDF) from July 7-November 8. Classes encourage children to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables by engaging them in hands-on activities. Children explore fruits and vegetables, taste featured recipes and receive a $2 Health Buck coupon.
To schedule a field trip, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the Health Department’s farmers’ market work,
contact us at email@example.com.