Meet Dominique Bryant.
She’s one of Fort Greene’s most community-minded residents. In addition to serving as president of the Ingersoll Residents Association—providing leadership for the nearly 4,000-person housing development—she helps to run a weekly farm stand at the corner of Myrtle & North Portland Avenues.
The Myrtle Avenue Revitalization Project and the Fort Greene/Clinton Hill Community Food Council Steering Committee, which Dominique is a part of, put forth a comprehensive plan to change their hyper-local food system. Among its many strategies, the Myrtle Eats Fresh initiative is setting out to get more residents to shop at farmers markets that accept SNAP/EBT and WIC benefits, while making the markets centers of learning around healthy eating.
Every Wednesday, now through October, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., you can find Dominique at the Myrtle Avenue Farm Stand, which features an abundant harvest from Nolasco Farm in New Jersey, fresh bread from Le Petit Bakery on Myrtle Avenue and much more at affordable prices.
In addition, you’ll also find local residents trained to be Myrtle Eats Fresh Community Chefs, like Darrell Robinson, demonstrating how to use the fresh produce to make delicious dishes. Customers who participate in a cooking demo or a Farm Stand tour are rewarded with $2 Health Bucks to spend on the spot!