North East Community Center
Share the Bounty Farmers Market
Reprinted with permission from The Millbrook Independent.

The North East Community Center (NECC), sponsor of the popular Millerton Farmers Market, is opening a second market in Amenia, NY. Funded by a Fresh Connect grant from New York State, “Share the Bounty Farmers Market” will open on Tuesday, July 3, and will operate every Tuesday morning from 9 am to 1 pm, on the grounds of Hudson River Healthcare (HRHC).

“This market really is a collaborative effort with so many members of our community,” said Betsy McCall. “Hudson River HealthCare is hosting the market and one of their nutritionists will conduct a monthly cooking demonstration. Somos la Llave del Futuro, a not-for-profit working to build leadership in the immigrant communities, is doing outreach for the market.”

“The opportunity to have Share the Bounty Farmers Market on our grounds is one that we welcome with open arms for the benefit of our patients.” said Susan Koppenhaver, Practice Manager at Hudson River HealthCare. “We are delighted to have a Farmer’s Market with fresh, healthy seasonal food and recipes on our Health Center grounds, and hope that our example leads to others following our lead.”

NECC chose Tuesdays as the market day because twice a month HRHC offers WIC days on Tuesday for mothers and their infants and children to come to the healthcare center for checkups, vouchers, nutrition counseling, and education. The Share the Bounty Farmers Market will accept EBT/Food Stamps, Senior & WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks, Health Bucks, which are $2 savings coupons, and Fresh Connect checks, another $2 coupon—making the market’s healthy food affordable for everyone. A nutrition educator from HRHC will demonstrate techniques for preparing market produce and give away great recipes and cookbooks.

Local & regional vendors participating in the Tuesday market include: • Amenia Community Garden (Amenia, NY) – vegetables • Berkshire Mountain Bakery (Housatonic, MA) – artisanal sourdough bread • Dashing Star Farm (Millerton, NY) – lamb, eggs, wool pillows, sheepskins • Farmscapes (Millerton, NY) – vegetables & sweet corn • Higher Ground Farm (Red Hook, NY) – vegetables, berries, eggs, maple syrup, honey • Wassaic Community Farm (Wassaic, NY) – vegetables, herbs, herbal teas • Willow Brook Farms (Millerton, NY) – Hudson Valley Fresh milk, half & half, heavy cream, sour cream Hudson River Health Care is located at 3360 New York 343just east of town.

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