As a board member of Harvest Home Farmer’s Markets in New York City, I am proud to invite readers to the Second Annual Savor the Season – Uptown!
Savor the Season – Uptown is an exclusive event to celebrate the more than 2 decades in which Harvest Home has been in operation. Designed as a walk around tasting, up to 300 guests will sample the signature dishes, beverages and desserts from several uptown restaurants that feature some of the most outstanding chefs north of 96th Street. Harvest Home operates 17 seasonal farmer’s markets, most of which are located in NYC’s “food desert” neighborhoods – areas with an under-supply of fresh produce and an over-supply of fast food outlets. “We work in partnership with 30 local farmers from upstate New York and New Jersey, as well as community organizations, churches and elected officials, to bring fresh fruits and vegetables to these neighborhoods,” says founder and CEO Maritza Owens. To ensure the produce is affordable, the markets accept electronic benefit transfers (EBTs), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits (SNAP), and Women Infant and Children and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers (WIC-FMNP), as well as New York City subsidy coupons for low income adults. “We at Harvest Home envision a world in which all people are healthy and our mission is to provide low-income communities with access to farm fresh local produce and the education to achieve healthier lifestyles,” says Owens. To achieve this mission, the market also creates programs that promote healthy lifestyles and good nutrition to complement and reinforce the benefits of the farmers markets. During the summer, Harvest Home sponsor Play Streets – car-free streets adjacent to the markets that provide children and other community members with space to engage in active play and physical activity. Throughout the year, Harvest Home offers Eating for Good Health cooking demonstrations and workshops that teach low-income families ways to combat health challenges like obesity and diabetes though cooking and eating nutritious meals.
2013 Accomplishments In 2013, Harvest Home’s farmer’s markets and educational programs:
- Put fresh food on the table of over 250,000 New Yorkers who live below 30% of the federal poverty level;
- Processed over $100,000 in SNAP/EBT benefits and other food subsidies, giving New Yorkers who most need it a critical source of access to healthy food;
- Helped 15,000 participants understand the importance of increasing fresh fruits and vegetables in their diet with simple, healthy and affordable recipes through our Eating for Good Health cooking demonstrations and workshops; and
- Enabled more than 1,000 children to enjoy supervised physical activity by learning new physical skills and sports in traffic-free spaces at our summer Play Streets programs.
Support the Market and Come to Savor the Season — Uptown 2014 This year Harvest Home will honor its long-time partner EmblemHealth for their commitment toward “Making Health a Habit.” Proceeds from the evening will support the development of Harvest Home’s Educational Center which, when combined with the markets, will provide year-round health and wellness programs to New York City residents. The event features some of Harlem and Uptown Manhattan’s best food:
To purchase tickets, become a sponsor or purchase an online ad, visit the Savor the Season — Uptown 2014 Web site. SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES The Vegetable Stand $15,000 The Green Grocer $10,000 The Health Stand $5,000 The Juice Bar $2,500 The Healthy Choice $1,500 E-JOURNAL ADS The Honeydew $1,250 The Cantaloupe $850 The Strawberry $600 The Apple $300 The Pear $150 ABOUT HARVEST HOME Harvest Home Farmer’s Market is a NYC non-profit organization dedicated to increasing access to local, farm-fresh produce to low-income neighborhoods. Founded in 1993, the markets create a community gathering place that educates the public about health and nutrition, supports regional agriculture and provides job opportunities six days a week during the summer season. Harvest Home Farmer’s Markets currently operates 17 markets with 30 farmers and other vendors, in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Westchester. The market accepts Food Stamp/EBT cards, Women Infant and Children Farmer’s Market Nutrition Coupons (FMNP), Senior Coupons and Health Bucks.