Pop-up Farmer’s Market off W. 130th

by Rachel Napolitano

Andrew Needham has announced that his family farm on 12021 Kirton Avenue called Needham Gardens is going to start to have “pop-up” farmers market event on-site, off of W. 130th St on the third Friday of the month from 4pm-7pm. The garden’s motto is: “Building an Urban Food Forest.” In addition to produce, they raises chickens and hosts bee hives on-site to produce eggs and wildflower honey as they practice sustainable and organic methods.

photo taken with permission from Needham Gardens Facebook Page

Needham Garden’s mission includes the belief that “this urban garden can form a permanent source of nourishment for our family, as well as provide an opportunity to enhance the beauty, productivity and civic pride of our entire community.”

So far this spring, he has been producing asparagus, radishes, lettuce, spinach, arugula, turnip greens, green leaf lettuce, red leaf lettuce, baby romaine, cilantro, dill, oregano, lemon balm, garlic chives, honey, radishes, applesauce, and apple butter.

He reports a variety of local produce vendors, spices from the Spicehound, natural soap products from High Hoe farm, and more will be there. Spicehound (www.spicehound.com) has local and imported spices, custom spice blends, unusual salts, and spice accessories, but their most important product might be the personal spice advice Kevin Schuering, Spicehound’s owner, provides to curious cooks. High Hoe Farm & Sundries (www.facebook.com/pg/HighHoeFarm/) sells grain-free and gluten-free paleo baked goods, produce, and homemade body care products, in addition to artsy additions.

The dates of the market are: June 16th, July 21st, August 18th.

Each market is its own event on their Facebook page (www.facebook.com/needhamgardens) so you can invite your family and friends on Facebook to shop fresh produce here, on a half-acre urban farm and market garden. Up till now, Needham’s customers had to travel to the historic Coit Road Farmers Market or at Kamm’s Corners Farmers Market to buy his produce and eggs.

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