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Bed-Stuy's Hattie Carthan Community Farmers' Market Opens for the Season (PHOTOS)

Brooklyn-grown garlic scapes at Hattie Carthan Community Farmers' Market
Brooklyn-grown garlic scapes at Hattie Carthan Community Farmers' Market
All photos by Hannah Palmer Egan

With summer blooming in full color around us, farmers' market season is in full swing. And while Union Square's famous Greenmarket proffers some of the freshest food around, crowd-wary shoppers don't have to join the swarming masses on 14th Street. Throughout the city, many community gardens host smaller, friendlier markets where you can stock your crisper with hand-picked produce grown right in your neighborhood. These markets are a great chance to get out, get to know your neighbors, and load up on veggies while supporting your community. Best of all, there's no need to board a subway. In Bedford-Stuyvesant, for instance, Hattie Carthan Community Garden holds weekend markets in two locations.

Bed-Stuy isn't known for its vibrant farming scene, but five years ago, longtime resident, gardener, and community organizer Yonette Fleming brought together 13 fellow farmers from around the neighborhood and started Hattie Carthan Community Farmer's Market, which opened for the season on Saturday.

Hattie Carthan Community Farmer's Market founder Yonette Fleming
Hattie Carthan Community Farmer's Market founder Yonette Fleming

The Saturday market runs from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Clifton Place at Marcy Avenue adjacent to its namesake garden. The Sunday market is at 49 Van Buren Street, home of Hattie Carthan Herban Farm, from 1 to 6 p.m. The season lasts through November.

Both markets are shady oases of fresh produce, eggs, homemade snacks, and treats; drumming, dancing, and neighborly conversation transpire as Fleming et al. work to offer fresh food and build community in an area widely recognized as a produce desert.

Is there a market in your neighborhood? If you're not sure, your local community garden is a good place to ask. Check out this searchable map of NYC's community gardens to see what's growing near you. GrowNYC also hosts local Greenmarkets throughout the week.

Flip the page for photos from Hattie Carthan Community Market's opening on Saturday.  

Produce for juicing in a pedal-powered blender
Produce for juicing in a pedal-powered blender
Eight-year-old Tosca Hegel-Cantarella pedals for her juice ...
Eight-year-old Tosca Hegel-Cantarella pedals for her juice ...
... and takes a sip
... and takes a sip
Eggs from chickens at Hattie Community Garden, adjacent to the market
Eggs from chickens at Hattie Community Garden, adjacent to the market
Herbs and greens for sale; much of the market produce is grown next door at the community garden or at nearby Herban Farm
Herbs and greens for sale; much of the market produce is grown next door at the community garden or at nearby Herban Farm
More produce at the juice stand
More produce at the juice stand
(From left) Kurt Purrier, Robert Walker and Kwamaine Bility taste a juice
(From left) Kurt Purrier, Robert Walker and Kwamaine Bility taste a juice

"It's not sour, it's the FLAVOR! These flavors were never supposed to be put together!" says Robert Walker (center, above) of the juice, a blend of herbs and veggies.

Maybe there were some of THESE in Walker's drink?
Maybe there were some of THESE in Walker's drink?
Bed-Stuy's Hattie Carthan Community Farmers' Market Opens for the Season (PHOTOS)
In addition to fresh produce, there were coffee cakes, vegan brownies and other prepared foods for sale
In addition to fresh produce, there were coffee cakes, vegan brownies and other prepared foods for sale
Ms. Ha Ha B. Clown painted faces
Ms. Ha Ha B. Clown painted faces
Bed-Stuy's Hattie Carthan Community Farmers' Market Opens for the Season (PHOTOS)
Garlic from Hattie Carthan Community Garden
Garlic from Hattie Carthan Community Garden
Nina Goepfert stands by her greens
Nina Goepfert stands by her greens
Through the fence, gardeners enjoy an afternoon at Hattie Carthan Community Garden
Through the fence, gardeners enjoy an afternoon at Hattie Carthan Community Garden
Bags of produce wait to be picked up by CSA members.
Bags of produce wait to be picked up by CSA members.

Weekly "mixed basket" produce subscriptions are available for locals wanting to partake in a CSA-style option, and can include produce, herbs, and eggs in varying quantities, from $52 per month.

Bed-Stuy's Hattie Carthan Community Farmers' Market Opens for the Season (PHOTOS)
Broccoli grows in the farmer's market
Broccoli grows in the farmer's market


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