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Fresh Offerings Abound at Far Rockaway Farm

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Something unexpected has sprung up on the Rockaway Peninsula as it continues to provide both local businesses and residents a fresh alternative when shopping for produce. NY1's Ruschell Boone filed the following report.

It's not something you would expect to crop up in Far Rockaway, but nestled in between the beach houses, bungalows and apartments is Edgemere Farm. You can buy fresh eggs and about two dozen different types of produce there. You select what you want and the farmers pick it.

"I love it, especially for people like me that don't eat any meat," said one shopper.

Edgemere is becoming a popular stomping ground for people looking to buy fresh food.

"It feels good when you are able to go into your garden and pick your tomatoes, your lettuce and eat your food and know that it's fresh food and it's not sitting in the store," said one shopper.

The farm is a part of former mayor Micheal Bloomberg's Obesity Task Force Initiative. It's one of two that were built at the corner of Beach Channel Drive and Beach 45th through the 2013 Gardens for Healthy Communities program.

"The farm is one acre. We, Edgemere Farm, is operating on half an acre and we're sharing one acre with the Bedford-Stuyvesant Campaign Against Hunger," said Edgemere Farm Manager Matthew Sheehan.

In addition to selling to the public the farm also caters to a number of local restaurants.

"Rockaway Taco has space. Umas has space. A lot of Rockaway restaurants have space," said Dan Shapiro, a farmer at Edgemere Farm.

Even with those customers the farm is still a small operation. There is someone there just about everyday but they do most of their business on Tuesdays and Saturdays. They get a lot of volunteers on Saturdays as well.

"There are so many ways that people interact with the farm. They want to volunteer here. They want to eat food that's grown here. They want to come to these volunteer days that we have. They want to work," Sheehan said.

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