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: Sabeha Ahmed, age 17
My experience at the Youthmarket was incredible. I made new relationships and was able to connect with the people. Also, this was a chance for me to give back to my community and do something beneficial for them. Just being there and selling fresh fruits and veggies was fun and we were able to educate the people about the food. I learned new skill of cooking. Whenever I went to the Youthmarket my coworker and I would think about new dishes to make and samples we can provide for the public. Personally, I am not really a cook but the Youthmarket has helped me to increase that knowledge and learn from my peers. I really enjoyed this season’s Youthmarket because this was something out of my comfort zone and I wanted to try something new. I am usually a technical type of person, so doing this was challenging me to do something different.
How long have you worked for Youthmarket?
This is my first year working for the Youthmarket.
What’s the funniest or the most interesting thing you’ve overheard at the market?
The funniest thing that happened at the market was when a guy was buying his fruits and veggies he asked my coworker and me if we were husband and wife or brother and sister. Basically he was trying to converse with us but I guess he didn't know what to ask and say.
Has the market changed what you eat? In what ways?
I started to try new fruits and vegetables and started to adapt to healthier snacks.
Do you cook at home?
I cook once in awhile at home.
If so, what’s your favorite easy meal to make and how long does it take?
I like to make omelets and it takes about 5 minutes to make.
Do you cook for your family members?
I don't really cook for my family. Sometimes I would make food for my father, brother, or mother.
What do they think about your cooking?
They think it's ok because my mom helps me cut the right portion to make an omelets.
Or school plans? How?
This market affected my school plans because I talk to my peers about the market and different types of healthy foods there are out there.
If you’re in school now, has the market affected how you interact with teachers?
This market affected how I interact with teachers in a positive way because I tell them about the benefits of the market and that they should come by to support it.
What about classmates?
I tell my classmates about different fruits and vegetables that we sell at the market and recommend them what fruits or vegetables they should try.
What have you learned about dealing with nasty weather (super hot or cold or rainy or windy)?
I learned to adapt to the weather and to just be there for the customers because they are very appreciative for us being there in nasty weather conditions.
What about dealing with tough customers?
I learned to calm myself down and try to talk with the person nicely and try to be understanding.
What’s the most important question you think customers at the market should ask?
One question I think that the customers at the market should ask is what are some veggies or fruits they can use to make delicious and healthy foods?
What’s your favorite fruit or veggie that you tried for the first time while working at the market?
My favorite fruit is Asian pear and my favorite veggie is beet.
What’s one you’re not crazy about?
One the I am not that crazy about are mushrooms.
What advice would you give someone who’s thinking about working for Youthmarket?
One piece of advice I would give is to be able to go in with an open- mind to learn new skills everyday. Also, having the ability to accept certain situations that come your way. For example, if a customer is misbehaving or is rude, then you should talk to them with a pleasing tone and not be aggressive like them. Let your manager know so they can handle the situation further on.
Do you have any hobbies?
My hobbies are dancing, cooking, singing, and making jokes.