Farmers Markets — More Than Just Fresh Food

Learn more about EmblemHealth Neighborhood Care's seasonal farmers market in East New York.

06/21/2021
Member Mariela Joseph

The farmers market at EmblemHealth Neighborhood Care’s East New York, Brooklyn location is more than just a place to find fresh produce. Nicole Browne-Jones, Neighborhood Care’s Regional Manager, explains that, “The East New York and Brownsville sections of Brooklyn have one of the highest food insecurity rates  [1]in the city. A lack of access to quality, affordable food supplies makes it difficult for residents to get the groceries they need in their area.” That’s why we’ve partnered with The Campaign Against Hunger to bring a seasonal farmers market to the neighborhood.

There are many reasons to get your food and other items from farmers markets:

  • Freshly picked, in-season produce is at its peak in flavor and nutritional value.
  • You’re supporting your local farmers and economy.
  • You can meet your local farmers, learn about foods grown in your area, and catch up with your community.
  • Your body will thank you! Most fruits and vegetables are naturally low in calories and provide vitamins, minerals, nutrients, and dietary fiber important for good health.

While you’re there, you can learn about additional healthy resources and programs offered by EmblemHealth Neighborhood Care. We offer reading materials and information on healthy eating and living with chronic conditions (like diabetes and hypertension), and offer virtual fitness and wellness classes to members and non-members. We also work directly with clinical staff from our partners at AdvantageCare Physicians to ensure visitors are receiving the care they need – there’s even an office right next to our East New York Neighborhood Care center.

Come shop the farmers market outside our Health Hub at 101 Pennsylvania Avenue, Brooklyn on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from June through September.

 

 

 

[1] sph.cuny.edu/life-at-sph/news/2020/10/14/food-insecurity-covid-release/

 

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