Celebrate the culture of agriculture & share skills (Growing! Cooking! Eating!)

You’re reading Young & Green, the group blog written by participants of GrowNYC’s Youthmarket. This network of urban farm stands is operated by neighborhood youth, supplied by local farmers, and supplies communities throughout NYC with fresh fruits and veggies. Pretty cool, huh?

THIS WEEK'S MARKET SUPERSTAR: Kimberly Colon, age 19

If you’re strolling by Learn It Grow It Eat It Youthmarket in the Bronx, you’ll surely find Kim sautéing up a creative dish, tossing a fresh salad, helping a customer, or, you know what? All of the above! She’s an aspiring chef who’s making a difference in her community through the great produce she sells at the market and her awesome attitude. Read on to find out more about Kim, and be sure to check out her two-week food diary. Here’s to Kim!

Which market do you work at (or did you work at)? Learn It Grow It Eat It Youthmarket in the Bronx.


How long have you worked for Youthmarket? 2 months.


What’s the funniest or the most interesting thing you’ve overheard at the market?

When do we get the coupons?!? We give out $2 Health Bucks to people who participate in a short nutrition presentation.


Has the market changed what you eat? In what ways? Yes, after working at the market I started to incorporate fruits and vegetables into my daily diet.


Do you cook at home?  All the time

If so, what’s your favorite easy meal to make and how long 

does it take?

My favorite easy meal to make is a sandwich.


Do you cook for your family members? If so, for whom?

Yes, I cook breakfast, lunch, and dinner for my mom, and just dinner for my sister.


What do they think about your cooking?

They both think I should follow my dream of being a chef.


Has the market affected your future job plans? How?

The market hasn't affected my future jobs plans, but it did confirm that being chef is indeed what I want to be.


Has the market affected how you interact with teachers?

No, I've always been a very social person over all.


What have you learned about dealing with nasty weather (super hot or cold or rainy or windy)?

Suit Up!!!


What about dealing with tough customers?

Hey, you can't win them all. Everywhere you go there will be challenging people, BUT don't let them ruin your day.

What’s the most important question you think customers at the market should ask? They should ask us what recipe we’re making, and what they need to make it at home.

What’s your favorite fruit or veggie that you tried for the first time while working at the market?



What’s one you’re not crazy about?



What advice would you give someone who’s thinking about working for Youthmarket?

Never stop working hard, no matter what challenges may be ahead. Being a part of GrowNYC is an amazing opportunity - don't waste it. You have the chance to make a difference in your community right here, right now. Let’s make a change!


Do you have any hobbies?

Yes, I have many hobbies: I love to cook, sing, sketch, write poetry and books, and I love making pottery art.

KIM'S FOOD DIARY (Click the image below for a larger version.)


• Meet Alpha

• Get to know Hassaballah & Santos

• Meet Danny and read his food diary

• Also say hi to Dekendra and Phylisha


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Comment by Erika S. Haines on April 27, 2015 at 9:32am
Great job! Wish I had had friends like that in high school/college!


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