NYC Greenmarket Comes to Fountain House

Posted on July 22, 2013

Members and staff of the Wellness Unit assemble bags of fresh local produce for more than 50 customers a week. Members and staff of the Wellness Unit assemble bags of fresh local produce for more than 50 customers a week.In recent years, the Wellness, Culinary, and Horticulture Units have been working together to introduce healthier food into our community. In addition to growing our own food at Fountain House and at High Point Farm, staff and members of the Wellness Unit explored ways we could benefit from the greenmarkets throughout the city, perhaps by van trips to the markets. Instead, an even better way for members and staff to enjoy fresh, local produce was devised. The greenmarkets came to us in the name of GrowNYC.

Fountain House purchases each week a variety of bushels of fresh produce. Interested members and staff purchase a burlap Fountain House Wellness Market bag and fill it with either a $4 selection of produce or a $7 selection of produce. As an added convenience, simple recipes for cooking the vegetables are available. The Wellness Market opened for business at the beginning of June and consistently sells to more than 50 customers each week.

The first week I shopped I forgot to get the recipes. I didn’t recognize the gourmet salad lettuce, and I steamed it. Actually, it was pretty good steamed, but now I get the recipes. This past week I cooked Swiss chard. It was the first time I tried this vegetable, and it was delicious. I also made peas on the pod with a spring onion. I understand next week we are getting heritage colored carrots and strawberries.

Not only is this food very economical but many members like me eat too much of the wrong food. GrowNYC food is diverse and encourages us to eat healthy. It is available every Tuesday from 2 to 4 PM in the Wellness Unit.

Vivian Palazzolo
Reception Unit and Board of Directors, Fountain House

 

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