Celebrating Summer at the 125th Street Farmers' Market

Plums and peaches

The 125th Street Farmers' Market is one of the best places to be this time of year. The summer growing season peaks in late July into August, so the market is bursting with the vibrant colors and aromas of produce like tomatoes, peaches, eggplant, beans, plums, and corn. The market also features all kinds of treats including grass-fed meats, hard cider, free-range eggs, jewelry, natural body products, fresh breads, and informational tents for alternative energy sources. There's also fantastic live music courtesy of Red Rooster Harlem, Ginny's Supper Club, and Harlem Community Development Corporation.

There's a whole lotta goodness in this slice of Harlem!

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Farmers' markets are fantastic because they offer such unique produce. Sure, you can purchase your typical apples and carrots, but interesting plants like cranberry beans (above), green plums, or yellow string beans (below) are also available at a fair price.

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The 125th Street Farmers' Market is a project of Governor Cuomo's FreshConnect initiative to bring fresh food from New York farms to underserved communities throughout New York. Almost 1.5 million New Yorkers live in an area with limited grocery store access, also known as "food deserts." FreshConnect aims to combat this problem through the "FreshConnect Checks" program. The project provides a $2 rebate check for every $5 in SNAP benefits (formerly known as "Food Stamps") spent at the market. This means that everyone can have access to local, sustainably-grown, delicious food.

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What we love here at Marcus Samuelsson Group about farmers' markets is how they connect us to nature. We live in New York City  surrounded by concrete instead of soil, skyscrapers instead of trees. Sometimes we forget there's a whole natural world out there! Farmers' markets connect us to the environment in a very tangible and delicious way. We're reminded of how scrumptious seasonal produce can be.

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We hope to see you at the 125th Street Farmers' Market on Tuesdays through November 25, 2104 from 10 am to 7 pm, rain or shine on the corner of 125th Street and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd.!

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Renowned Harlem Week Begins This Weekend

This coming Saturday, July 28th kicks off a month-long celebration of all things Harlem. Since 1974, millions have flocked to 125th street and beyond to commemorate the past, present and future of the historical Harlem neighborhood we call home. What started as "Harlem Day," turned into Harlem Week and eventually Harlem Month. Now in its 38th year, people of all ages are invited to take part in over 100 different events over the span of four weeks. Whether arts & crafts are your thing or free concerts, food, jazz festivals and even gospel choirs, Harlem Week has it all and we couldn't be more excited to participate.

For starters, Ginny's is pleased to announce we'll be featuring the legendary Bobbi Humphrey to perform on August 11th. Humphrey is a local Harlem native who is famous for her smash hit, "Harlem River Drive." To spice things up even more, the Rooster will be featuring a special cocktail honoring the historical and celebratory week.

While the list of things to do during Harlem Week is continually growing, we wanted to share with you a few of our "can't miss," absolute favorite Harlem Week events.

Friday, July 27th- What better way to kick off Harlem Week with a dance party in the courtyard, cocktails and a guided tour of one of the many galleries featured in Harlem's Studio Museum right on 125th street. For $20 ($15 for studio museum members), you're invited to a night of complete Harlem celebration, with the opportunity to connect with artists, vendors, art curators and more. The event is held from 7-10 p.m. and tickets can be purchased by RSVPing to UptownFridays@studiomuseum.org

Sunday, July 29th : Aptly titled, "A Great Day in Harlem," the day-long event is covering all ends of the spectrum to kick off Harlem Week in the best way possible. With outdoor picnics, a fashion show, arts & crafts, food vendors s and all sorts of concerts (Gospel, Dance, Latin, Blues & Jazz), the second official day of Harlem Week is an absolute can't miss. Taking place at the U.S. Grant National Memorial Park right off of 122nd & Riverside Drive, all of the events are free and open to the public.

Wednesdays August 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th - "Long Live The Music" sure is right! For these five nights, don't miss your chance to see Amateur Night honored at the historic Apollo Theater. To celebrate Harlem Week, the cast of New Harlem Art Theatre's "Sweet Charity" will perform alongside a fabulous host, WHCR-FM's very own William Torres. Tickets range from $19 to $29 dollars and are available in person through the Apollo or online at ticketmaster.

Saturday, August 4th-  We can't think of any better way to celebrate summer in Harlem through the power of music and dance. Starting at 12 until 7 p.m., the Dance Theatre of Harlem is hosting a street festival on W. 152nd from Amsterdam to St. Nicholas Avenue. Admission is free for all ages and the day is a can't miss, seeing as the dance company will be celebrating healthy eating lifestyles by featuring local food and retail vendors from all over Harlem. Additionally, family health screenings will be available to all people during the festival hours.

For more information about Harlem Week and its events, please click here.