Youthmarket Farm Stands

Linking Farms To Communities

Youthmarket is a network of urban farm stands operated by neighborhood youth, supplied by local farmers, and designed to bring fresh fruits and vegetables to communities throughout New York City. Modeled after Greenmarket, Youthmarket is a unique solution to food access in New York City; GrowNYC purchases produce from local farmers and trains young people to operate a farm stand in their neighborhood as their own small business. Through Youthmarket, families in NYC have increased access to farm fresh food; youth in these areas have earned money and learned small-business skills; and farmers in the New York City region are achieving higher revenue through access to under-served markets.

Many neighborhoods in New York City are experiencing epidemic rates of diet-related disease like obesity and diabetes. The NYC Dept. of City Planning reports that many supermarkets are closing, fresh fruits and vegetables are less accessible to communities. Youthmarket seeks to overcome this problem by linking regional farmers with underserved consumers in New York City. Communities benefit from an influx of fresh, healthy food, and farmers access new markets.

If you are a local farmer interested in the wholesaling opportunities offered by Youthmarket or a community-based organization interested in becoming a partner, please email us.

On Monday, July 11, we launched the “Oh SNAP!” educational campaign with a live mural painting on a Greenmarket, Co. delivery truck. The “Oh SNAP!” campaign was designed to draw attention to the fact that GrowNYC’s network of Greenmarkets accept electronic benefits cards (EBT) and shoppers can use their SNAP benefits to purchase farm-fresh produce from the region’s mid-sized family farmers.

  • Greenmarket

    Our network of farmers markets, Youthmarkets, Fresh Food Box pick-ups, and Greenmarket Co. ensures that all New Yorkers have access to the freshest, healthiest local food.

  • Recycle

    We blanket the five boroughs with resources like textile and food scrap collection, Stop 'N' Swaps, and free training to make waste reduction easy for all.

  • Garden

    We build and rejuvenate community & school gardens in all 5 boroughs, and support even more gardens through volunteer days, technical assistance, school garden grants, & more.

  • Teach

    We foster future environmental stewards by providing 60,000 children each year with programs that provide meaningful interactions with the natural environment.