From the City of Bridgeport:
A “food desert” in the city’s East End is becoming less of a desert as a new farmer’s market debuts this weekend.
“People need and deserve access to good food, and now folks in the East End will have it,” said Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch.
The East End Farmer’s Market will be open Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Oct. 27 at 985 Stratford Ave.
The City’s Farmers Markets program was initiated in conjunction with Mayor Finch’s BGreen 2020 sustainability initiative.
“Through our BGreen 2020 efforts, we are working hard to improve the health and quality of life of our residents,” said Mayor Finch. “The Farmers Markets help promote a sustainable, healthy lifestyle by providing access to fresh, affordable fruits and vegetables.”
On Thursday, Mayor Finch and Health Department Director Kristin duBay-Horton attended the Downtown Farmer’s Market to talk about the new addition to the City’s growing list of markets.
The benefit of fresh, whole foods is well documented. They can prevent cancer, obesity and diabetes, and generally improve a person’s health.
“Leafy greens help reduce the risk of lead poisoning and fresh fruits and vegetables are key to a healthy lifestyle,” she said.
The East End is what is known as a food desert, an area where there is limited or no access to fresh food.
The new market, like the others in the city, provides a full array of healthy, fresh-from-the-farm alternatives.
“We love the fact that they are all local farmers at a time when many farms are being sold and turned into condos,” said duBay-Horton.
Another collaboration is with non-profit Cooking Matters. In the coming weeks, a representative will attend the markets and conduct cooking demonstrations using simple recipes and provide free samples – all made from produce available at the markets.
“That’s one aspect that makes our farmers markets unique. People can not only buy fresh, local produce but learn how to cook delicious meals,” said Mayor Finch.
In addition, shoppers who receive SNAP, WIC or Senior benefits can double their buying power. With each visit, the city will match up to $6 on purchases of fruits and vegetables.
The markets will be held at:
• St. Vincent’s Farm Stand on Tuesdays from 12 to 4 p.m. at 2800 Main St.
Presented by Wholesome Wave
• East Side Farmers Market on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 752 E. Main St.
Presented by Wholesome Wave and the Bridgeport Department of Health and Human Services
• Downtown Farm Fresh on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at McLevy Green. The market will stay open until 6 p.m. on the last Thursday of the month and be open on the first Saturday of the month from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Presented by the Downtown Special Services District
• East End Farmers Market on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 985 Stratford Ave.
Presented by Greater Bridgeport Community Enterprises, Inc. and Bridgeport Department of Health and Social Services