Harlem Farm Share Brings Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Uptown
July 27, 2011 7:19pm | By Jeff Mays, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer
Corbin Hill Road Farm founder Dennis Deryck and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer outside of a new distribution site on West 132 Street and Amsterdam Avenue in Harlem. (DNAinfo/Jeff Mays)
HARLEM — When people taste the collard greens, potatoes or carrots delivered by upstate New York's Corbin Hill Road Farm for the first time, founder Dennis Deryck often recognizes the confused look on people's faces.
"Some people won't like it with the first bite because they've forgotten what fresh produce tastes like. We picked our collard greens yesterday and brought them to Harlem today," Deryck said. "But within a few minutes, they say, 'This is wonderful.'"
Thanks to a new partnership with the Manhattan Borough President's Office, the Harlem Farm Share program, many more residents will have a chance to sample fresh and organic fruit and vegetables.
"Healthy eating has in the past been for people who can afford it," said Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer at West 132nd Street and Amsterdam Avenue — one of the farm's new distribution sites, which doubles as a local Democratic club. "There are poor communities that don't have access to healthy peaches or potatoes."
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