Fulton Fresh Mobile Farmer’s Market to Hit the Road June 8 | Print |

Fulton CountyCooperative Extension to provide nutrition training and fresh vegetables to residents

In a continued effort to address health disparities in Fulton County, the Fulton Fresh mobile farmer’s market has been created to deliver fresh produce from local farmers to residents living in communities designated as “food deserts”, large geographic areas where mainstream grocery stores are scarce or missing. Living in unhealthy food environments where fast food or unhealthy foods are more available than freshly grown foods leaves communities at risk for obesity and diabetes as well as other chronic diseases.

 “We will go in the communities that are in need of fresh fruits and vegetables,” states Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension.  “Along with providing the produce, our Extension Agents will educate residents about the importance of eating healthy and how to prepare tasty, healthy meals.”

According to PolicyLink, “millions of Americans in low-income communities and communities of color walk out their front doors and see nothing but fast food and convenience stores selling high-fat, high sugar processed foods.”  The Fulton Fresh mobile farmer’s market will give residents an option to choose healthy foods.  A variety of seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables will be made available along with nutrition information basic health screenings.

The mobile unit will operate every second and fourth Wednesday at the following locations:

10:00 am – 11:30 am

Shrine of the Black Madonna

946 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd., SW

Atlanta, GA 30310

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Dogwood Library

1838 Donald Lee Hollowell Pkwy., NW

Atlanta, GA 30318

Additional locations will be announced in the near future.  For more information, residents should call (404) 332-2400 or follow the truck www.twitter.com/FultonInfo.