The Myrtle Avenue Farm Stand has been running since July 8, and although it is the new kid on the block, indications are that it is here to stay.
The stand is in fact only one part of a much wider, much grander initiative called “Myrtle Eats Fresh” which is intended to “engage community members in activities to improve access to healthy, affordable food on Myrtle Ave” and the surrounding neighborhoods of Clinton Hill and Fort Greene.
Other parts of the initiative include a community chef program, the creation and expansion of community gardens, the FRESH Teens program, and the creation of a local food policy task force.
So far the farm stand has been a hit, engaging the community through fresh produce, twice-monthly cooking demonstrations and a multitude of other family activities including games, workshops and educational activities. Check the Myrtle Minutes for more information.
The stand is open every Thursday, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Ingersoll Community Center, 177 Myrtle Ave. It is staffed by volunteers, specifically three youth and two elders from the neighborhood.
But really, the farm stand is just the beginning of what the Myrtle Eats Fresh initiative is hoping to accomplish.
This fall, the Myrtle Avenue Revitalization Project (MARP) will begin forming the above mentioned food policy task force, which will bring “together representatives from interested organizations and other groups to help synergize efforts around improving food access in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill.”
Considering the marvelous bounties we already have had the fortune to collect thus far, we can’t wait to see what’s coming next.
Bring it on, MARP!