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December 10, 2019 

Winter Market in Kingston
The Hudson Valley Farm Hub and the Kingston YMCA Farm Project Partner for Second Year 

Kingston, NY – For the second year in a row, the Hudson Valley Farm Hub and the Kingston YMCA Farm Project are partnering on a winter market to make fresh produce available to Kingston and surrounding communities through the coldest months. 

The market takes place every Thursday from 3:30-6:00 pm in the lobby of the Kingston YMCA at 507 Broadway, and runs from November through February. 

“The Farm Hub production team has been growing beautiful produce in the winter months and we’re overjoyed we can share it with the local community. We love working with the Farm Project and the YMCA – it’s a great fit all around,” says Brooke Pickering-Cole, director of the Farm Hub. 

Market offerings include carrots, sweet potatoes, baby arugula, spinach, salad mixes, kale, collard greens, swiss chard, beets, butternut squash and more, all grown at the Farm Hub. 

The winter market is a bilingual space where Spanish and English are welcome. Bilingual market staff and a trained interpreter write all vegetable signs in both languages and welcome Spanish speaking customers. One of the growers who worked in the production of the vegetables being sold is always on hand to answer any questions and talk with people about the produce.

Jesus Gonzalez Jr., a ProFarmer and member of the Language Justice team at the Farm Hub says, “It is also important so customers can see who is growing these products. The growers have been there since the produce was grown in the greenhouse and in the field. They themselves eat the produce and have recipes for how to cook the produce.” 

Gonzalez continues: “It is important that we reach people in the community—not only people who speak English but people who speak Spanish and other languages—so more people can be here and eat more healthy foods and local foods.” 

A portion of sales support the YMCA Farm Project’s programming. The market accepts cash, checks, and debit/credit cards. 

Finally, the market offers the added community benefit of employing young people through the Kingston YMCA Farm Project.  

In 2019, the Kingston YMCA Farm Project generated 42 paying job opportunities for local youth. “This winter market provides jobs for two of our teens.  They gain valuable customer service skills and learn how to use a point of sale system,” says KayCee Wimbish, project director and farmer at the Kingston YMCA Farm Project.  “Additionally, they are bilingual in Spanish and English and are able to work with the Farm Hub’s Language Justice Team to provide customer service in two languages.” 

Estefany Vargas, a sophomore at Kingston High School who works at the winter market as part of the Kingston YMCA Farm Project, says, “I really enjoy working here. I think it’s really important to know where our food comes from, and I think that it is important to learn to eat healthier.” 


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About the Hudson Valley Farm Hub: The Hudson Valley Farm Hub is a non-profit center for resilient agriculture based on 1,500 acres of prime farmland in Hurley, NY.
Facebook @HudsonValleyFarmHub

About the Kingston YMCA Farm Project: The Kingston YMCA Farm Project is an urban farm focused on food production, youth development, education, and food access in midtown Kingston.
Facebook @KingstonYMCAFarmProject 

Press Contacts:
Amy Wu
(845) 331-1187 

Jennifer Crettien
(845) 331-1187



Farm Hub in the news…

Enjoy Those Vegetables, but Don’t Forget to Save Some Seeds, The New York Times, August 5, 2020

CCE’s Gleaning Program continues to serve the food insecure, Times Herald-Record, June 6, 2020

In a food emergency, Kingston community comes to the rescue, Hudson Valley One, May 15, 2020

Hudson Valley Farm Hub adapts to the coronavirus pandemic, Daily Freeman, April 12, 2020.

Area farmers adapt to the coronavirus, step up to provide locally sourced food to consumers, Daily Freeman, April 12, 2020

The Ins & Outs of School Nutrition and Farm to School Event, Radio Kingston, November 6, 2019

Hudson Valley’s Small Grain Revolution, Shawangunk Journal, August 26, 2019

Mystery of the empty fields on 209 solved: Farm Hub quietly cultivating the future, BlueStone Press, July 19, 2019

How Seed Saving Is Repairing a Painful Past for Native Americans, Modern Farmer, May 20, 2019 

For amber waves of grain, Hudson Valley One, April 22, 2019

Hudson Valley Malt Makes Grain-to-Glass Local Brews A Reality, Chronogram, April 18, 2019

A lot of big dreams, Hudson Valley One, March 26, 2019

Seed Saver shares at Cornwall’s Seedy Saturday, Standard-Freeholder, March 20, 2019

Rep. Delgado forms 19th Congressional District Agriculture Advisory Committee, Daily Freeman, March 5, 2019

Hudson Valley organizations join forces, Morning Ag Clips, February 11, 2019

The Winter Hoot and The Mammals return with an environmentally conscious three-day festival at the Ashokan Center in Olive Bridge, Daily Freeman, January 29, 2019

Hudson Valley Farm Hub receives state farm safety award, Daily Freeman, January 18, 2019

Hudson Valley Farm Hub Grows In Midtown Kingston, Daily Freeman, December 2018

Sowing Seeds to Save Societies, Hudson Valley One, October 2017

Returning Native Seeds to Their Roots, Civil Eats, April 2017

Cornell University expert seeks better barley for craft beer boom, Times Union, June 2016

Building a Breadbasket: A Visionary Nonprofit Director Pioneers a Whole New Way to Farm, Hudson Valley Magazine, January 2016

Transforming Local Agriculture, Kingston Times, May 7, 2015

The Hudson Valley Farm Hub: A Big Vision on 1200 Acres of Land, Civil Eats, January 2015

Jack A. Gill (March 5, 1922 – December 14, 2014), Daily Freeman, December 16, 2014

Hub & Folk, Edible Hudson Valley Magazine, September 2014

Seeds of Change, Ulster Magazine, September 2014

Goodbye Gill Farm; Hello Hudson Valley Farm Hub, The Accidental Foodie, August, 2014

Growing Strong: Farm Hub’s First Season, Country Wisdom News, July, 2014

Farm Hub to Train New Crop of Local Growers, Kingston Times, December, 2013