July 6, 2018 By Nathaly Pesantez
A fresh produce marketplace run by neighborhood youth will be opening this weekend in Long Island City.
The Long Island City Youthmarket, as the project is called, will launch on July 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Center Boulevard and 46th Road, and will run every Saturday until November 17.
The market, organized by GrowNYC, will sell fruits and vegetables purchased from a network of local farmers.
The program is a chance for the community to have better access to fresh food, and help the youth participants gain small-business skills and learn about nutrition and agriculture.
Three youth will work at the Long Island City market each week, and will be paid $13 per hour, according to Catherine Crawford, a spokesperson for GrowNYC.
The participants, she said, were selected from a local community partner, and have worked at other Youthmarket farm