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Young & Green: Corey on the Job Search and Summer Squash

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: Corey Wilkins, age 21

Corey has been working for the Youthmarket for just about one year, specifically with Learn It Grow It Eat It, Lower East Side Youthmarket, and Ridgewood Youthmarket. Since then, he has learned a lot, and his thoughts on a future career have certainly changed. When we asked Corey about his job search, he responded:

"Now, I think differently when seeking employment. I cannot see myself working in an environment where I know my services are detrimental to someone’s health."

Read more below, and cheers to you, Corey!

Has the market changed what you eat? In what ways? The market has changed how I eat in tremendous ways. I am more aware of the foods I consume as well as the origin of my produce. After teaching the importance of knowing what you eat to the local community, it became natural to be aware myself.

Do you cook at home? Yes. After working at the market, I now have the confidence to cook at home. Cooking at home has also help spread healthy eating habits among my family and friends.

If so, what’s your favorite easy meal to make and how long does it take? My favorite meal to make is stir-fry, in all sorts of combinations. It can take anywhere from 10 to 15 minutes.

Do you cook for your family members? Yes. I cook for family often, usually because we eat differently than we did before. I cook for my mom, siblings, godmother, and cousins pretty often.

What do they think about your cooking? They actually loved my cooking from the start and often ask me to show them things.

Has the market affected your school plans? How? The market hasn’t really changed my school plans, but it has made me sure that I would like to work with people from different communities.

What have you learned about dealing with nasty weather (super hot or cold or rainy or windy)? I have learned to be very prepared and comfortable, and not to worry about fashion on the job.

What about dealing with tough customers? Stay patient and try to understand the frustration from the customer’s point of view.

What’s the most important question you think customers at the market should ask? Where is this produce from? Why is it different? How can I have access to local produce?

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

What’s one you’re not crazy about? Radishes.

What advice would you give someone who’s thinking about working for Youthmarket? Keep an open mind – this is a great opportunity.

Do you have any hobbies? Yes, I enjoy sports and most social activities.

MORE YOUNG & GREEN!

• Future YM managers! Here's great advice from Will

• Greetings from the Best Cooking Duo!

• Meet Amaya

• Get to know Jhon & Lisbeth 

• Hear from Kristal & Katia

ALL PHOTOS: GROW NYC'S YOUTHMARKET

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