A new famers market is working to battle food insecurity and increase access to fresh produce in an underserved Columbus neighborhood.
The Linden Farmers Market will officially open on Sunday with a grand opening celebration. Organizers and city leaders hope the market will empower the community and provide a model that can be used in other neighborhoods.
“Piloting a farmers market in Linden is a great opportunity for the city and the residents of Linden,” Columbus City Councilmember Priscilla Tyson said. “To provide affordable, fresh, local produce and promote urban farming in Columbus’ inner core is truly amazing.”
Columbus City Council passed an ordinance earlier this year that allocated more than $40,000 to support the Local Food Action Plan, including improving access to and education about healthy, locally-grown food. The market will accept the Ohio Directions Card (EBT/SNAP), WIC and Produce Perks.
The famers market is the latest in an ongoing battle against hunger in Linden.
“We’ve been doing the work of reducing the food insecurity in our neighborhood for a while,” Linden Farmers Market Manager Landon Adams said. “This focuses our work on a larger scale.”
Adams said the market will increase access to healthy food and provide opportunities for economic development, cultural exchanges and overall community building.
The opening day celebration begins Sunday at 1:30pm. The market is located at Gye Nyame Place, 2830 Cleveland Ave.