Every Wednesday morning, farmers set out their wares in a car parking zone in southwest Fort Worth for the Cowtown Farmers Market.
“This is the opposite facet of the meals financial institution that folks do not see,” mentioned Julie Butner, Tarrant Area Food Bank president and CEO. “And that’s to offer entry in order that, as folks come out of disaster and might stand on their very own, they’ve entry to contemporary produce that they’ll buy themselves.”
TAFB companions with the Cowtown Farmers Market and others within the space for its Farmers Market Nutrition Program. Customers can use WIC and SNAP/EBT advantages to purchase contemporary produce.
“We’re bringing these markets to communities that wouldn’t have entry,” Butner mentioned. “It simply ensures that everyone has equal entry to contemporary produce and good vitamin.”
“We love contemporary produce,” mentioned buyer Kaylee Holland, who used her WIC vouchers to purchase baggage of contemporary squash and greens. “Even although it’s so sizzling right this moment, I’d quite be right here wanting on the contemporary stuff than within the grocery retailer.”
Cowtown Farmers Market Manager Charlie Blaylock can see his youthful self within the children who come by his farm stand.
“We had been needy. My mother and father labored very onerous,” Blaylock mentioned. “I see folks — actually pleasant folks — that want slightly hand, and I’m happy with that.”
The Farmers Market Nutrition Program partnership with Texas Health Resources, Blue Zones and Texas Healthy Communities permits buyers utilizing vouchers and token to double their worth.
“We all get to construct extra neighborhood collectively slightly at a time,” Blaylock mentioned.
The Tarrant Area Food Bank Farmers Market Nutrition program has a number of location and instances. Visit their website for more information.