Our first project (2007) was the creation of the Mattapan Farmers Market to bring fresh local and affordable produce to the Mattapan community. This project was completed in close collaboration with Brookwood Community Farm and has provided opportunities for Mattapan youth to learn about organic farming and marketing. City Harvest, a project of the Trustees of the Reservation, SBA Family Farm, Red Best Seafood and local gardeners currently provide produce and fresh fish that are sold at our market. Key supporters of our farmers market have been the Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness and the City of Boston.
Now in 2019 our partnerships, vendors, and farmers have grown to include Urban Farming Institute, Project Bread, Big A Farm, Wanger Farm, and etc.
A collaboration with Boston Research + Architecture + Community Empowerment has allowed us to initiate Boston’s first ever Mobile Farm Stand with produce provided by Brookwood Community Farm (2012). The human-powered Mobile Farm Stand on a bicycle chassis allows us to bring healthy food directly to consumers, provides jobs for local youths, and makes a very visible promotion for healthy food and active living.
Our farm partners ensure that the produce sold at our venues is culturally relevant for our community. Health promotion and cultural enrichment activities take place at each market day. Special outreach to elders, Haitian Creole language translation, and personal shopping assistance provided by local youth increase our market’s accessibility to local residents. This past summer we partnered with Mattapan Community Health Center to bring the mobile farm stand to the Health Center. Youth from our summer teen program provided invaluable assistance to our market manager.
Lastly, with funding from Project Bread to provide lunch through thier Summer Eats program and help from two young residents, we are able to create Kids Corner where children can eat and play while thier gaurdians shop.