Farmers Market promotes community and healthy living
by Andrew Shilling
Jul 16, 2014 | 412 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Photo taken from the 2013 market
Photo taken from the 2013 market
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The annual Pomonok Community Farmers Market kicked off their summer season last week.

Every Wednesday from July 9 through November 26, the Queens Community House (QCH) will host the health-conscious event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in front of the Pomonok Neighborhood Center, located at 67-09 Kissena Boulevard in Flushing, across the street from Queens College’s main gate.

Fresh produce will be shipped in again this year from La Baraja Farms and Woori Farms, based out of Goshen, New York, as well as produce from John Bowne High School’s agriculture program.

Amy Tam-Liao, QCH director of community-supported programming, said she is looking forward to the program this year and anticipates more success than ever before.

“We moved to Wednesdays in hopes that more members from the larger community will be able to benefit from the market,” Tam-Liao said. “Challenges such as street parking restrictions on Fridays were a big complaint that we received last year and we expect this change will be welcomed.”

She added that the bi-monthly cooking demonstrations, from July to October, are yet another way to engage with the community and learn about healthy living.

“What makes this market special is the relationship with the people: the volunteers, the farmers and the customers,” Tam-Liao said. “The market serves as a place not only to produce local, affordable, fresh produce, but to commune with your neighbors and learn new ways to prepare dishes at the demonstrations.”

The market, supported by dozens of local banks, elected officials and schools, accepts cash, EBT/SNAP, Healthbucks, Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) and WIC Vegetable and Fruit checks.

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