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Young & Green: Lisbeth on Zebra Tomatoes and Blue Potatoes

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: Lisbeth De Leon-Pichardo, age 22

Which market do you work at (or did you work at)? For how long?

I have worked for Cypress Hills Youthmarket since July 2015.


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

“What thyme is it?”


Has the market changed what you eat? In what ways?

Yes. Before the market, I did not eat onions or cauliflower at all. Now, I am more likely to eat them. I was also introduced to vegetables I didn’t even know existed, like blue/purple potatoes. I would like to integrate those into my diet on a more regular basis.


Do you cook at home?

Not really. I try to when I have the time and feel like it, but that’s rare.

Has the market affected your school plans? How?

It was difficult to manage being a full-time college student and working at the market, but it was a very interesting and rewarding experience. I have considered doing it again, but I’m not certain. My school workload may not permit it.


Has the market affected how you interact with classmates?

A little bit, but not too much. I will say that the market gave me new knowledge about fruits and vegetables that I would sometimes share with a classmate or friend.


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

I’ve learned to always be prepared – always carry a bottle of water with you, or an extra jacket, shoes, and socks. The little things like gloves, hats and scarves also make a huge difference.


What about dealing with tough customers?

It's important to be patient and nice, but also firm without being rude so they don’t take advantage of you.


What’s the most important question you think customers at the market should ask?

"Is organic better than local or vice versa? Why?" "What is actually the healthiest way to consume food?"


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

Zebra tomatoes, blue potatoes, pink lady and gala apples.


What’s one you’re not crazy about?

Brussels sprouts.


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

Be patient, ready to be on your feet, and work hard. Definitely be willing to learn a lot of new information and be nice to people.


Do you have any hobbies?

Yes, I like to do crafts such as embroidery.


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