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A guide to eating well

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koshembos's picture
Submitted by koshembos on

- Not everyone is close to a farmers market.
- Most farmers markets operate between April and October only.
- Some farmers markets are very expensive.

The post linked to assumes that everyone lives in the Bay area and has the money to buy every week. It probably covers about 1% to 2% of the population.

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Submitted by Damon on

And not just for you, either. It's easier and cheaper to find than one may think, and the (emphatic) blanket statements are getting old and practically gave off the feeling that people shouldn't even try, that this isn't worthwhile for a huge segment of the population. That's not really what we want or what we need here, in my opinion.

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Submitted by zuzu on

A lot of the stalls at the NYC Greenmarkets take EBT cards. Also, the produce is usually cheaper than that available in grocery stores and bodegas in the 'hood -- if there are any food stores in the 'hood. This pdf mentions a study in which a mango cost 67 cents at Pathmark, 79 cents at an Associated Grocery, and $1.79 at an East Harlem bodega. Granted, local farmers aren't growing mangoes in New York State, but that should give you an idea of the penalty that people in poor neighborhoods are paying just for being poor. Buying produce at a farmer's market might be more expensive than at Pathmark, but it's a hell of a lot less than buying at that East Harlem bodega -- and the quality is a hell of a lot better, too.

New York also has a lot of food co-ops, which may be helpful in filling the grocery gap in neighborhoods where supermarkets don't want to open.