The Frost Valley Educational Farm is usually home to our farm campers this time of year, but due to the pandemic, all of our overnight camp programs have been cancelled. However, that doesn’t stop our crops from growing and our farmers from farming – safely of course! Throughout the summer we have been donating much of our bounty to the United Methodist Food Pantry in Ellenville, NY and recently, we were able to participate in another way to serve our community.

This past Monday, July 27, we embarked on a new endeavor to get our produce into the kitchens of our community members. Frost Valley participated in the Sullivan Fresh Farmer’s Market, which was created to “help bring fresh fruits and veggies to a food desert community. It also helps to get produce to seniors and low income residents who lack transportation.” Given our mission and values, we knew this was a perfect opportunity for the Frost Valley Educational Farm.

Frost Valley’s Garden Manager Bari Zeiger states, “This was an opportunity to connect low-income folks and older adults to local produce in order to promote economic viability and public health via the market. Specifically, Frost Valley Farm serves as one of two produce vendors this season on Mondays from 10am-2pm from the end of July through the end of September.”
 
Bari continues, “Ultimately, engagement in the market is a wonderful way to advance Frost Valley’s mission and core values, while leveraging the Farm for the greater good of the community, as well as generating positive relationships and awareness.”

This past Monday, the farm was able to reduce waste by bringing excess produce from last week, as well as products that do not typically sell at the Hub or Neversink General Store, to the Market. Of all the day’s sales for Frost Valley, 43% were made possible through the Farmers Market Nutrition Program Coupons and EBT, thereby serving community members without or with very limited access to fresh, market produce. In addition, Frost Valley donated 35 pounds of cucumbers and kale.

We’re so grateful for the opportunity to continue to find new opportunities for carrying out our mission despite the limitations of the pandemic. Thank you to everyone who continues to support these efforts!

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Frost Valley YMCA is a 5,500-acre, year-round camp - There's something for everyone here in the Valley. From group and family retreats to overnight camps to horse camps to teambuilding, we've got you covered. School groups love taking a three-night field trip to explore the natural world and learn about the environment and their classmates. Family weekends are the perfect getaway for the young and the young at heart. Teambuilding retreats afford corporate, collegiate, religious, and other groups the opportunity to challenge themselves and effectively work toward common goals. In the summertime we're where kids and teens gain independence, explore the world, and make lifelong friends through various camps such as traditional sleepaway camp, farm camp, horse camp, adventure trips, survival camp, and day camp. Call (845)985-2291 or email info@frostvalley.org to learn more today!

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