Harvest Home Programs
Harvest Home takes full advantage of every opportunity to
reach people in ways that are meaningful and beneficial to them as they shop
for farm-fresh produce at our farmer’s markets. Throughout the season, we
manage on-site programs that focus on nutrition education, physical fitness,
and teaching adults and children new and fun ways to prepare and enjoy healthy eating.
It has long been known that the lack of physical activity is
a leading cause of childhood obesity and other health risks. The problem is
particularly acute in inner-city neighborhoods, where there are few or no safe
places for children to play and participate in organized activities.
Our six-week Play Streets program is a collaborative effort
between Harvest Home and local community partners . Using the traffic-free
spaces of our farmer’s markets, children enjoy supervised recreation, games,
and sports. Activities are led by groups such as New York Road Runners and the
During our last market season, more than 1,300 children participated
in our Play Streets program. A survey conducted by the New York Academy of
Medicine found that many of these children would have otherwise spent their
Play Streets time watching television, playing video games, or engaging in
other sedentary activities.
Eating for Good Health
The Eating for Good Health Nutrition Education Program
brings chefs and nutritionists into our farmer’s markets for interactive cooking
demonstrations that feature affordable and appealing ways of cooking regional
produce. About 15,000 adult shoppers and children each season leave the
workshops with recipes in English and Spanish that they can use at home.
Offered in select Harvest Home neighborhoods, Eating for
Good Health workshops teaches participants how to prepare appetizing and healthy
meals on a limited budget, followed by hands-on cooking exercises and
family-style meals. At the end of each session, the participants get to enjoy what
they have cooked.
The YouthBucks Project
The YouthBucks project offers coupons to children and teens
so they can purchase farm-fresh fruits and vegetables at our farmer’s markets.
These young participants come to the market on field trips arranged by Harvest
Home in coordination with local schools, Day Camp organizations, and other
youth programs located in high-need New York City neighborhoods.
YouthBucks makes the immediate purchases more affordable to
participants, and serves as a first step in connecting young people to the
experience of shopping for nutritious and delicious foods at a farmer’s market.
The goals of the program include the following:
Instill healthy shopping and eating habits among
New York City children and teens living in impoverished and under-served
Enable children ages 5 to 13 years to help their
parents learn about the availability of nutritious and culturally-relevant
foods at Harvest Home’s farmer’s markets.
Teach children and teens that there are
delicious and affordable alternatives to fast-food, pre‑packaged, and
over-processed grocery items.
Harvest Home works with each participating school or youth
program to carefully coordinate and schedule attendance at one of the weekly
Youth Shopping Days held throughout the season.
Savor the Season
Savor the Season is an annual fundraising event that celebrates
Harvest Home farmer’s markets in New York City. The event features some of New
York City’s most outstanding chefs and restaurants, allowing participants to sample
a diversity of signature dishes, beverages, and desserts. Proceeds from this
important fundraiser help to support and expand Harvest Home’s programs and