Beginning next month, locally grown farm foods will be sold once a week at four Metro Transit Centers located in areas where nearby residents have little or no access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Starting the week of March 18, 2012, the Farm to Family Mobile Market will offer affordably priced, fresh foods to customers at the North Hanley, Riverview-Hall, Delmar and Emerson Park Transit Centers as part of a partnership between Metro and Sappington Farmers Market’s Farm to Family Naturally Program.
The Mobile Market, a community initiative program launched by Sappington Farmers Market, will sell locally produced foods such as eggs, vegetables, fruits, and value-added items like jams and jellies under the brand name of Farm to Family Naturally. The four Metro locations will also serve as delivery points for Sappington Farmers Market’s popular Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) weekly food subscription program.
The collaboration between Metro and the Farm to Family Mobile Market will give commuters and neighborhood residents more convenient access to healthier, locally grown foods at the Emerson Park MetroLink Station in East St. Louis, Delmar MetroLink Station in St. Louis, North Hanley Transit Center in St. Louis County and the Riverview-Hall Transit Center in St. Louis. The Mobile Market will connect nearby residents and Metro customers to better health, good nutrition and accessible transportation through locally grown foods supplied by Missouri and Illinois farm families.
“The Farm to Family Naturally Mobile Market at these Metro Transit Centers is a great initiative that not only addresses the deep connection between accessible transportation and healthy food choices, but also provides a proactive solution through community partnership. Metro looks forward to more opportunities to work with organizations to bring economic and social value to our customers and communities,” said John Langa, Metro’s Vice President of Economic Development.
Customers will be able to purchase the healthy options by cash, credit/debit cards, or governmental food assistance programs. A calendar of Mobile Market locations and times, as well as information about nutrition and featured seasonal foods will available in the coming weeks at www.metrostlouis.org and www.farmtofamilymobilemarket.com.