What is the InterGenerate/ Neighbors Link Farmers Market?
The subsidized farmers market going into its second year this spring at Neighbors Link is a joint project between the Mount Kisco-based organization and InterGenerate, a group that board member Suzi Novak explains “was founded to address hunger in northern Westchester in non-traditional ways.”
Founded in 2009 by Katonah resident Roseann Rutherford and Somers resident Rev. Peggy Clarke, InterGenerate members saw that, “Unfortunately, there are too many people who are priced out of wonderful, fresh produce, or lack the resources and time to get to a farmers market,” says Novak, who spearheaded the program. The market became a reality with the bounty of InterGenerate’s gardens, donations from Hilltop Hanover Farms, and produce purchased from area farmers.
Last year’s inaugural market ran from July through October, and this year it will start up in May. The farmers market is run by Neighbors Link peer leaders, who were responsible for researching prices and worked to educate parents about the importance of healthy eating, according to Carola Bracco, Neighbors Link’s executive director. The partnership brings another facet to learning about nutrition, Novak points out. One of InterGenerate’s members devised recipes utilizing the produce, which were translated into Spanish in order to get participants familiar with some of the items.
The market has generated interest from a number of other area farms and farmers, and InterGenerate hopes to “continue to expand the program,” says Novak.