In 2015, the Creating Healthy Communities coalition identified implementing a Farmers’ Market as a way to increase access to locally grown, fresh produce. A partnership was established with Alligator Jacks that brought forth the first successful Farmers’ Market in Meigs County. The Market has since continued and is entering its third year of operation.
At the Market, there is a vast variety of different types of fruits and vegetables available. Different types of heirloom tomatoes are one example of variety that has shown up at the Market. The Market also provides an opportunity to eat seasonally. As the weather changes, the produce changes too! Many times the seasonal produce straight from the farm will have a more vibrant taste, as it has to travel less distance from the vine to your table.
There is a diverse group of vendors that participate in the market. Whether you consider yourself an expert, beginner or hobbyist, all levels of produce vendors are welcomed. Additionally, the Market operates flexibly to welcome new members at any time. For more information about setting up with produce, contact Kim at Alligator Jacks at (740) 416-4650. Alligator Jacks is open from Friday to Sunday, so feel free to leave a message outside of normal business days.
The Creating Healthy Communities Coalition is continually working to address food access in Meigs County; more specifically, trying to make the healthy choice the easy choice in all settings. If you would like to participate in Coalition efforts please contact Laura Cleland, Creating Healthy Communities Project Director, at the Meigs County Health Department (740) 992-6626.
The third annual Farmers’ Market will kick off today, Sunday May 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot of Alligator Jacks, and will run every Sunday until Sept. 3. We hope to see you there.
Laura Cleland is a Health Educator for the Meigs County Health Department.