Newark Farmers Markets A Seasonal Solution

By Katie Colaneri, WBGO News
October 11, 2012

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Getting residents to eat better is a challenge in Newark where more than 30 percent live below the poverty line. But farmers markets can offer a seasonal solution.

L’Tonya Ringold came down from the North Ward to check out the selection at the downtown farmers market. It costs a little more than travelling outside the city to a supermarket, but Ringold says it’s a better deal overall.

“Because why get ten of something and it’s not sweet, instead of getting five of something and they all sweet? You’re looking for the sweetness and the goodness, you know? And the nutrients.”

To make it easier to get fresh food, farmers markets in Newark participate in government voucher programs for seniors and single mothers and their children. The city’s Food Policy Advisor, Elizabeth Reynoso says by next year, they’ll also be taking food stamps.

“We want to make sure that we are being as inclusive as possible and removing the barriers to those who might have less food access.”

One of the barriers she can’t control is that in less than a month, the markets will close down for the winter.


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