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July 14, 2021
Connecting the Newark community to fresh and healthy produce grown locally!
by Amanda Gaglio
Our Youth Farm Stand is back, and better than ever!
During these uncertain times getting fresh and healthy produce has become more important than ever. As members of the Newark community, Greater Newark Conservancy strives to provide resources and access to healthy produce options, especially from local and urban farms. This year, we're once again excited to be partnering with the Urban Agriculture Cooperative, an organization dedicated to connecting local growers to urban consumers to improve and empower the local food economy.
This project, The Cooperative Market, is an online and year-round farmer's market that equips local and NJ-based farms with the means to supply customers with fresh, delicious, and locally grown fruit and vegetables.
"The Cooperative Market emphasizes food sovereignty and empowerment in agriculture by prioritizing products supplied by Newark based food producers, with an emphasis on small lot urban growers, BIPOC and women-owned farm businesses, and family farms with demonstrated commitment to urban food access for our City of Newark and the greater region."
With pickup locations at four different locations around Newark, and across the Central, South, and East Ward (with West Ward locations coming soon!) The Cooperative Market provides Newark community members with a direct line of connection to local farmers and ensures consumers get healthy, minimally processed foods.
As part of this partnership, our Hawthorne Ave Urban Farm will not only be supplying some of the produce but our Youth Farm Stand will also be one of the feature pickup locations. Each year, at our Urban Farm we grow thousands of pounds of produce right in the South Ward using only organic growing methods, which community members can pick up during our farm stand hours or on the online market! Some other local farms include Rabbit Hole Farm in Newark, Down Bottom Farms in Newark's Iron Bound district, the SWAG Project Farm in the Weequahic district of Newark, and Pea Shoots & Co in East Orange.
Along with vegetables, greens, and fruit the market is also providing consumers access to flowers, herbs, baked goods, eggs, and even specialty items like cold relief tea blends and wildflower honey! Make sure you don't miss out and order today on their website.
Online ordering market hours are Thursday 8am through Monday 5:30pm and pickup is available on Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Stop by to visit our farm and shop at our Hawthorne Ave Farm Stand on Tuesdays and shop AND pickup your online order at our Prince Street Farm Stand on Wednesdays!