The community based/led markets were founded by Yonnette Fleming, V.P. of the Hattie Carthan Community Garden and 13 Hattie Carthan gardeners. The lot was cleaned and visioned in March 2009 when Ms. Fleming received permission from the NYC Dept of Parks and Recreation to clear, design and utilize the lot which was used as a thriving dumping ground for over twenty years. To date, the project founder Ms Fleming and community volunteers have contributed over 70,000 documentable volunteer hours to ensure the markets continue to grow.
The Hattie Carthan Community Farmer's market is a grassroots, people of color-led agricultural revitalization project in Central Brooklyn NYC.
The market’s vision is to cultivate a healthy, holistic, and self-sufficient community grounded in the systems and cycles of the earth.
To increase access to locally grown fresh food, farm culture and intergenerational agricultural education to all facets of community in a neighborhood classified as a “fresh food desert." The market accomplishes it’s goals by operating community based cultural programs and ventures which nourish human potential and cooperative economics.
The community farmers market is located on Clifton Place at Marcy Avenue directly behind the Hattie Carthan Community Garden. The original market runs Saturdays 9am - 3pm from July - November. The younger market located at 49 Van Buren Street runs Sundays 1pm to 6pm July to November.
If you are interested in offering financial supporting this Brooklyn based community revitalization project and want to see us continue to build capacity in this community space donate to us today by clicking the link above. All donations are tax deductible.
Volunteers are also welcome to assist with maintaining the farm from June through November. Please check on our seasonal openings and contact Farmer Yon if you would like to be a part of this exciting opportunity to care for the Earth and environment.
ACROSS THE UNITED STATES, RATES OF OBESITY AND DIABETES ARE INCREASING DRAMATICALLY, particularly within lower-income, African-American, and Latino communities. In New York City neighborhoods like Bedford Stuyvesant in Central Brooklyn, where a third of residents live in poverty, more than 12% of adults have diabetes, compared to 8% nationwide. In these settings, a growing body of research points to the intersection between low rates of consumption of healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains and limited access to healthy choices as driving disease rates. Less than 8% of the primarily African-American and Latino residents in these communities report eating the recommended five or more servings of fruits or vegetables per day; twenty percent report eating none at all. THE HATTIE CARTHAN COMMUNITY MARKET IS A COMMUNITY SOLUTION TO THE ISSUE OF POOR NUTRITION AND FOOD INSECURITY IN OUR COMMUNITY.
STARTING A COMMUNITY BASED FARMER'S MARKET IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD CREATES MANY BENEFITS. Farmers markets creates opportunities for urban/rural /minority farmers and producers to distribute the food they grow. Markets also benefit community members who still struggle to find a place to an purchase fresh, nutritious food and helps people learn where their food comes from. A farmers market is a direct opportunity to meet the people who grow your food. The quality of food and farm products is higher since they are grown locally and harvested when ripe. Farmers markets are social gathering places. We envision a thriving marketplace where food producers share value added products grown on their gardens or farms, a place where food justice advocates engage residents about local food issues and allow them meaningful participation in the food system, a place where local community chefs host cooking demonstrations.
A place where our children and elders can conversate around food. A place where culturally appropriate foods are considered vital to community nutrition. A place that remembers the agricultural heritage of Bedford Stuyvesant; that contributes to the CULTURAL, SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC VITALITY of Brooklyn.