TRENTON, N.J. -County residents and employees looking for a quick and affordable source of fresh produce need look no further than the Joyce McDade Administration Building on South Broad Street. This Thursday from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm, a team of five local teens will operate a farm stand in the courtyard between 640 and 650 South Broad Street; a variety of Jersey Fresh produce from local farms will be available for purchase.
Each year, the Mercer County 4-H program partners with staff from the Rutgers Cooperative Agricultural Extension to provide at-risk youth from the Trenton area with agricultural education and valuable job skills. The six-week farm stand program trains youth in team-building and small business management as well as educating them about the cultivation, purchasing, and transportation of fresh produce. Participants work in teams of five under the supervision of a counselor to sell produce in various locations throughout the Trenton area.
County Executive Brian M. Hughes encouraged everyone who lives or works in the South Trenton area to stop by the Administration Building on Thursday to pick up some fresh fruits and vegetables. "Our farm stand program allows at-risk youth to make tremendously positive changes in their lives," said Hughes, "and the quality of the local produce sold at our farm stands is first-rate."
This year's session of the farm stand program will conclude on August 24.