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GrowNYC Annual Report 2012 | Fresh Food Box

Priyas_FB_pictureFresh Food Box

This season, GrowNYC launched the Fresh Food Box, a group produce buying program that allows customers to purchase boxes containing a variety of fresh, locally grown vegetables and fruits on a weekly basis. An outgrowth of our YUM Fresh Food Project in Washington Heights, now residents in Queensbridge, Bed- Stuy, and East Harlem place orders one week and the next week pick up boxes containing 8–10 seasonal items sourced from Greenmarket Co.’s network of local family farms. Customers can pay in cash and EBT, and staff and volunteers provide resources on how to store and prepare the produce in each week’s order to help clients make the most of each week’s box. For their time, volunteers get a free box each week.

Click HERE to learn more about Fresh Food Box.

What people are saying about the Fresh Food Box:

I’m trying to eat better and this is a great way to do it. When you have vegetables in the fridge, every time you open the door it’s a reminder to eat something healthy. I’ve learned how to cook some new things too. I’d never seen a spaghetti squash or Swiss chard before it showed up in the bag. — Audrey Hilliard (a Queensbridge Food Box regular)

It’s not impossible to get produce around here, but what you’ve got here is a lot fresher than what is in the store. It tastes a lot better. And it’s a good quantity in the box too.— Clint Davis (another Queensbridge regular)

I’m trying to eat healthier, and my doctor says fruits and vegetables are essential. I’m so glad I found this program because I’m actually enjoying preparing this produce, and I like coming each Saturday to see what is in the box.— E. Harlem Fresh Food Box customer: