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A teen green market to LIC

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Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:46 am, Thu Apr 18, 2013.

A proposed farmers market in Long Island City will have a youthful touch.

GrowNYC is working with the YMCA to recruit teens to run a produce booth on 48th Avenue and Vernon Boulevard this summer.

“The program is important because it teaches kids in the community the importance of eating locally,” operations coordinator Ryan Morningstar said. The students, who are paid $10 an hour, will be well versed in nutrition education, customer service skills and the history of the farmers behind each apple and head of lettuce, Morningstar said.

In the past an LIC market failed because of overhead costs, Morningstar said. This time around, with advocacy from Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) and a wholesale distribution center, GrowNYC plans on a better outcome.

“Not only will we be bringing in locally grown farm-fresh fruits and vegetables directly into Long Island City, but we will be providing our local youth with jobs,” Van Bramer said.

The proposed market would operate on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. from July 13 to Nov. 23. GrowNYC is looking for other vendors to sell products such as eggs and bread.

— Josey Bartlett

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