Get your green on: Hattie Carthan “After Church” Farmers’ Market

The brand new Hattie Carthan “After Church” Farmers’ Market is now open every Sunday through November 20th, from 1:00PM-6:00PM. At the Sunday market, which had its grand opening July 31st, community residents are able to purchase locally grown food, learn about food justice, growing food and herbs, and how to prepare healthy food. But this market is bringing Bed-Stuy history full-circle…

The site at 49 Van Buren St., off of Tompkins Ave., is a former brownfield (a.k.a. a really polluted place), and was revitalized by community leader and urban farmer Yonnette Fleming and her neighbors. The cleanup began in March of 2009, when Fleming received permission from the NYC Dept of Parks and Recreation to clear, design, and utilize the lot which had been used as a dumping ground for over 20 years! The ultimate vision was to grow a community farmers market – part of a grand design which compliments the existing Hattie Carthan garden and  is an effort to reclaim the community’s agricultural heritage. Here are two upcoming events at the Garden/Market that you NEED to know about:

August 14 – 2:30-3:30PM: 

Cooking Demonstration with Madea at the “After Church” Market

Join Organic Soul Chef Madea as she conducts cooking demos with aspiring youth chefs . Youths will learn about seasonal eating and food prep techniques used by professional chefs. If you are a youth who is excited by farmers markets, healthy Eating and outdoor cooking, this might be the place for you to start. Inquire at the  demo about filling out an application for our upcoming “Youth Cooks Training of Trainers”  on August 25th & 26th 2011 9am to 4pm.  Graduating youth chefs receive cooking equipment , apron and stipend for doing cooking demos in the market and at youth outreach programs.
August 21 – 2:30-4:00PM: 

Community Composting Workshop at Hattie Carthan “After Church” Market
Diverting organic waste from the landfill through home and community composting with Master Composter Solita Stevens and Market Founder Yonnette Fleming. This is PART 1 of 3 community composting series in the Sunday Market. This workshop series is created for community residents who wish to contribute their organic waste to the community compost system at the Hattie Carthan ‘herban farm’ or are interested in deepening their connection to the earth through managing waste in the communities where they live. Free Helthbuccs for participants.

The Market accepts WIC/Senior Farmers’ Market Coupons, Food Stamps/EBT, Health Bucks, and Cash.  If you shop with your EBT card, you also get free Health Bucks, and farm-fresh fruits and vegetables. They also have “Mixed Market Baskets” and “Institutional Basket” programs.

To get there: take the G train to Bedford/Nostrand or B38 to Tompkins &  Lafayette Ave.

For more information: call Yonnette Fleming at (718) 638-3566 or email

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Categories: Bed Stuy, Community Event, Fresh Food, Green Market, Local Produce, Natural Products, Organic

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