In the Bronx, 30% of children live under the poverty line and our community is plagued by obesity, diabetes and undernourishment. In 2015, we were named the unhealthiest of 62 districts in NYC for the 6th year in a row, prompting Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. to establish the #Not62 hashtag and create a partnership with Montefiore and the Department of Health to combat the health disparities.

Lily Kesselman, a Mott Haven resident, mother and wedding photographer, was also tired of the lack of healthy options available near her home. After taking an Urban Farming class with Just Food’s Farm School NYC, she and a few neighbors decided they would help play a role in the battle against the Bronx’s health crises by offering the one thing the Bronx has been missing: options.

In 2014, The South Bronx Farmers Market was created, offering affordable, local produce to residents once a week. For the first time, farmers and community gardens from around the city were able to connect directly to the consumers of the South Bronx face-to-face.

Farmers market

Since it’s opening, the market has grown as part of the community and has been able to expand; it’s now open two days a week and offers tutorials and educational programming to local children and families.

The South Bronx Farmers Market is located on 138th Street, between Willis and Alexander Avenues on Wednesdays & Saturdays from 10am-4pm. The season ends on November 22nd.

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