Fresh fruit and vegetables are available for purchase twice a month just outside the Winter Park Community Center thanks to the new “Market to Park” mobile farmers’ market program launched by the City of Winter Park this month.
Funded by a grant from Healthy Central Florida (HCF), the mobile farmers’ market is designed to make it even easier for residents to obtain fresh produce.
The mobile market will be set up the first Tuesday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and on the first Thursday of the month, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Both will be located outside the community center at 721 W. New England Ave. in Winter Park.
Winter Park’s project was one of 13 to receive a Health Innovation Grant from HCF for projects to improve healthy food access. (HCF is a community-based initiative founded by Florida Hospital and the Winter Park Health Foundation to help local communities become the healthiest in the nation.)
In its grant application, the city explained the goal of the program was to “increase access to healthy fruits and vegetables to underserved segments of the community by providing convenient and affordable access to fresh produce.” To help stimulate interest, the city has printed vouchers in the amount of $1 and $5 and handed them to some of its target groups, such as seniors and families with young children. But the market is open to everyone.
“We are hoping to see the word get out and we will be monitoring for possible expansion to more days or other parks,” said Brenda Moody, Assistant Parks Director, for Winter Park’s Parks and Recreation Department.
To read more about other HCF Health Innovation grants, click here.