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The next installment of CB Pantry Raid, a series in which our walk leaders give a guided tour of the local pantry, will take a slightly different approach. Esneider Arevalo, our lead guide in Queens, will be taking us with him as he visits the Jackson Heights Greenmarket, where New Yorkers can buy prepared pantry staples and fresh produce from area farmers. Tune in on Sunday, May 10, at 1 p.m. EDT (GMT-4) on Instagram Live.

Unlike the other cities we work in, Queens doesn’t have a typical pantry. Just look at the boroughs’s diverse markets – some sprawling, many more pocket-sized – to get a sense of the many immigrant communities, both old and new, that call Queens home. But in a city like New York, access to fresh produce can still prove challenging, which is why Esneider is a fan of farmer’s markets. As he wrote in his coronavirus diary, farmer’s markets like the Jackson Heights Greenmarket have been open throughout the pandemic. Esneider finds it uplifting to see farmers still making the trek into the city to sell their food products as well as fresh fruit, vegetables, cheese, eggs, etc.

To join the live video on Sunday, head to our Instagram account. When we’re live, the Culinary Backstreets profile picture will appear with a colorful ring around it and the word Live. Tap our profile picture to view the live video. When our live stream ends, the video will be available to watch on our Stories for 24 hours.

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