Produce to the People: Farmers’ Market Takes Root at the New York Hall of Science Copy
Queens, N.Y. – Beginning July 8, the New York Hall of Science will provide passage to a new crop for the community with the first science-themed farmers’ market. The New York Hall of Science Farmers’ Market will host fresh, locally grown produce peared [sic] with live science demonstrations related to nutrition, biology and ecology every Sunday from 10 am – 4 pm through November. The New York Hall of Science Farmers’ Market is produced by Community Markets.
“Reducing the miles your food travels by buying locally grown food, helps preserve fossil fuels, which is one step towards stemming global warming,” said Hall President & CEO Marilyn Hoyt. “We are happy to offer the community and our visitors terrific fresh produce and hands-on learning in agriculture and fresh foods.”
The Science Farmers' Market will host four different regional farmers directly outside the Hall’s entrance. Through Kitchen Botany handouts and live science demonstrations, visitors can learn how fruit trees are grafted, the origin of hot and sweet peppers, the secrets of potatoes, and much more. Visitors can then deposit their purchased fresh produce at the world’s first ‘Veggie Check,’ while they explore the 400-plus exhibits and programs inside the Hall.
Visitors can look forward to a wide variety of tasty produce such as summer squash, zucchini, peppers, melons, herbs, greens, cucumbers, apples, pears and broccoli. As summer turns to fall, farmers will bring autumn vegetables with robust flavors, including winter squash, tender chards, earthy carrots, and festive gourds and pumpkins. Produce will come from regional farms located in Carlisle, N.Y.; Staatsburg, N.Y.; Riverhead, N.Y.; and Yorktown Heights, N.Y.
Community Markets works to support local agriculture, strengthen local communities, and make fresh produce available to neighborhoods with limited access.
Photo opportunities include: July 8 squash-cutting ceremony involving TBA local elected officials and community representatives; Farmers and visitors against bright color combinations and interesting patterns; Shoppers selecting their multicolored produce; Hall staff conducting engaging science demonstrations.
Media contact: Carol Nordin 718.699.0005 ext. 342