On Wednesday, October 11th, the Canarsie Merchants Association hosted its 2nd annual Harvest Festival and Apple Orchard, a celebration of autumn in all its glory that brought together our community for a day filled with fun and seasonal joy.
The first part of the event, the Harvest Festival, ran from 12 to 2 p.m. We partnered with The Campaign Against Hunger to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to the community. Individuals received a $15 voucher to go shopping at the farm stand. Our merchant member, Steph’s Cake Shop, provided bread for sampling pumpkin and apple butter. Our initiative brought the farm stand directly to the heart of Canarsie, creating a convenient and accessible experience for the local community. The farm stand found its temporary home right beside Capital One on Rockaway Parkway and Glenwood Road, which allowed Canarsie residents to enjoy a taste of fresh, locally sourced produce without having to travel far.
The second part of the event was the Apple Orchard, which lasted from 4 to 6 p.m. It was a great opportunity for the community to pick from a variety of apples and take them home. Community members personally selected the apples of their choice and enjoyed fall snacks and drinks, including options such as apple cider, donuts, apple pie and apple juice. Fruiggie provided arts and crafts activities for the children. Our partner, Lower East Side Ecology, partnered with us to share composting information with the community. Thank you to Humana for their continued support of our Wellness Wednesdays programming. Overall, this event had something for everyone to enjoy.
Courtesy of the Canarsie Merchants Association