Community partners are the backbone of Corbin Hill Food Project. Without them, we would not be able to serve our target communities across NYC. This week we are highlighting our partner Bedford Stuyvesant Early Childhood Development Center. BSECDC is a Head Start program located in Brooklyn for children 3-5 years of age.
Alexis Glasgow is the Farm Share Site Coordinator for BSECDC. She became connected with CHFP through her work with Center for Healthier Neighborhoods and Bed Stuy Restoration. Alexis’ commitment to empowering her community led her to take on the role of Site Coordinator for CHFP in fall 2016 in order to improve local food access. When talking about food access in her community, Alexis remarked, “Members are not accustomed to using fresh food. They are used to using cans or frozen food because it is typically cheaper.”
And while food access is a common challenge in many neighborhoods, Alexis adds that it is about teaching people a better way of preparing food and giving them access to unfamiliar foods. Alexis enjoys the conversations around the unfamiliar foods her Shareholders are trying and commented, “I can see it opening their eyes to a broader range of vegetables they wouldn't have tried on their own. They would have typically walked right past it in the grocery store. Farm Share takes the fear out of trying new things, and people surprisingly enjoy the different produce.”
Alexis also mentioned food’s unique ability to connect people with their history. People often think of comfort food as mac and cheese or pizza, but for some it might be collard greens or sweet peas. In a city as crazy as New York
with people from different parts of the world, cultural food reminds people of home. Alexis told a few stories of how her Shareholders from the Caribbean really enjoy getting bok choy because it was a familiar and cultural experience. She also told of how a few of her Shareholders of southern descent really enjoyed getting mustard and collard greens because it reminded them of home. Different foods have meaning and experiences tied to them for people. Food can be personal and through community partners and Site Coordinators like Alexis, CHFP works to make Farm Share a unique experience for all. None of this is possible without the continued support of Shareholders like you.
All items listed above are biweekly except for the flours and oats!
Next week, the week of July 24th, all items will be available.
Oh snap! The perfect munchable snack is at Farm Share this week: sugar snap peas from Mosher Farms in Boukville, NY! These green beauties are ideal for eating raw as a quick snack or tossing into a stir-fry or summer salad. Their crunchy, sweet flavor make them cool and refreshing. This week our Shareholders at FOCH are in for a real treat because they will get to sample this recipe at the site's cooking demo.
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 cup diced shallots
3 cups chopped sugar snap peas
2 cups sliced radishes
1/4 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
Salt and pepper to taste
Add any of your favorite veggies or protein
Cook time: 20 mins
Recipe adapted from NYC Health Department's Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables Stellar Farmer's Market Program
1. Heat oil in a large pan over medium heat
2. Add shallots and cook until soft, about 3 minutes
3. Add snap peas and cook 3 minutes, add radishes and any of your favorite veggies or protein, and cook 3 minutes more or until everything this thoroughly cooked,stir
4. Add orange juice and dill, salt and pepper to taste
5. Mix well, serve and enjoy