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Get Fresh Yonkers Farmers’ Market Empowers Youth: The market runs Fridays at Van Der Donck Park on Dock Street

Renise Wyllie at the Get Fresh Farmers Market

Between now and November in southwest Yonkers, foodies and community shakers can find high school youth selling produce, preparing healthy and tasty lunches, and helping boost food equity at an outdoor market. The students are members of the Green Team, the summer youth empowerment and leadership program of Groundwork Hudson Valley (GWHV), and they’re critical ingredients to the success of GWHV’s Get Fresh Yonkers Farmers’ Market.

The market runs every Friday from noon to 5:30 p.m. at Van Der Donck Park on Dock Street in Yonkers. Located across from the Yonkers stop of the Metro North, the market features fresh, affordable and hyper-local produce, breads, baked goods, honey and prepared lunches.

According to Sara Smith Snell, the director of youth programs at Groundwork Hudson Valley, the market showcases aspects of GWHV’s mission in Yonkers: to empower youth economically and environmentally while bolstering food access in an underserved community. “Green Team members develop retail skills such as money management, customer service and salesmanship,” she says. “They also learn about the face of agriculture today, including urban farming and limited resources. So they are gaining practical skills while also exploring the complexities of community-wide health initiatives.” The Green Team will run the market until the start of the Yonkers school year on September 3. “Until then, patrons can purchase great food and get a sense of what’s keeping teenagers engaged nowadays,” Snell says.

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