The Poughkeepsie Plenty Fresh Market, where city residents without the ability to shop for healthy, fresh food can purchase farm-fresh produce at affordable prices right in their neighborhoods. The mobile farmers’ market visits five sites every week including senior and low-income housing properties and a community center frequented by young moms whose children may be nutritionally at-risk. We accept all forms of payment including the farmers’ market coupons given to senior citizens and low-income parents by New York State for use only at farm stands. Without our market they would have no way to use them! Most important, though, last year seven out ten customers told us that their purchasing of fresh fruits and vegetables had increased since the opening of the market, and eight out of ten said that overall their household’s consumption of healthy foods had increased!
Photo: Sarah A. Salem