A highlight on Farmers Markets Serving our Immigrant and Refugee Communities – PUBLIC HEALTH INSIDER

By Fred Mariscal, Continual Illness and Damage Prevention

After a winter that stayed too lengthy, a cooler than common spring, and as summer season strikes in with the promise of infinite sunshine, so do the annual summer season farmers markets that emerge throughout the county every year. For a lot of residents, shopping for contemporary native meals at one of many 30+ farmers markets is a highly-anticipated seasonal ritual.

Farmers markets help native meals manufacturing, and most have packages that deal with affordability, similar to accepting SNAP/EBT, WIC & Senior Farmers Market Diet Program (FMNP)and SNAP Market Match advantages. On this highlight, we’re excited to introduce you to the three markets we associate with that take their packages to the subsequent degree in how they supply their communities with entry to native, contemporary, inexpensive, and culturally related produce.

Delridge Farmers Market

The mission of the Delridge Farmers Market is to serve the African Diaspora immigrant and refugee group in King County. The nonprofit African Group Housing & Growth (ACHD) reopened the Delridge Farmers Market within the Delridge Neighborhood of Southwest Seattle on Might 14, 2022.

A wonderful spring harvest from Small Ax Farm, grown organically by the Black Farmers Collective.

This market seeks to place contemporary, native meals produced by Black, Indigenous, and Folks of Shade (BIPOC)-owned companies immediately into the fingers of the neighborhood’s residents. “To help the event of small companies, distributors should not charged a stall charge to take part and are supplied with sources, gear, and technical help as they construct their capability to promote at farmers’ markets,” ACHD Affiliate Director Bilan Aden mentioned. “We search to scale back the inherent financial threat of promoting at a farmer’s market whereas eliminating meals waste by buying any leftover produce on the finish of the market day. As well as, that meals is delivered to the group members who can not attend the market as a result of mobility or transportation boundaries.”

The market additionally gives area and interpretation between Somali and English for group organizations to share sources and join distributors and patrons. To make the farmers market extra partaking for youths, they provide “Youth Bucks” – $5 for youths to spend on something they like!

The Delridge Farmers Market runs on the second and fourth Saturday of every month, Might to October 2022, from 10 am to 2 pm, at 9421 18th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106. A restricted variety of free luggage of produce can be found on a first-come, first-served foundation.

To volunteer, go to achdo.org/volunteer. For extra data, contact the market’s supervisor Daniel Horst at daniel@achdo.org – For sponsorships Rachel Perlot at rachel@achdo.org.

Kent East Hill Farmers Market

The Kent East Hill Farmers Market is a proud community-driven market that goals to extend entry to contemporary, wholesome, and culturally related produce in its group. All produce bought is grown by immigrant (BIPOC) residents. Many of those farmers additionally take part in Residing Effectively Kent‘s packages to achieve entry to farmland and help in studying to turn out to be profitable farmers within the Western Washington local weather. Entry to farmland can in any other case be a big financial barrier to new farmers within the Puget Sound.

“Most of our farmers are refugees and immigrants from Africa and Afghanistan with full-time jobs; they farm part-time as a result of they like to farm. We train them strategies they’ll use to develop their produce efficiently. So, it is a mixture of help and schooling,” Residing Effectively Kent Operations Director Claudia Cortes mentioned. “For us, it is important to help these farmers as a result of, with out our assist, they would not know methods to farm on this state.”

2021 Kent East Hills Farmers Market Ribbon chopping ceremony with Kent Mayor Dana Ralph.

The farmers promote a part of their harvest on the Kent East Hill Farmers Market, incomes additional revenue whereas offering the group of Kent with extra entry to wholesome, domestically grown meals. Farmers additionally distribute a proportion of their harvest to native meals banks so low-income and immigrant group members can have brisker, domestically grown produce. As well as, that is the one farmers market in Kent that accepts SNAP and SNAP Market Match.

You’ll find the Kent East Hill Farmers Market each Saturday from 10 am to three pm June 4 to September 24, 2022, at 24604 104th Ave SE Kent, WA 98030. To help this program, contact Claudia Cortes at claudia@livingwellkent.org.

Tukwila Village Farmers Market

The Tukwila Village Farmers Market – operated by the Meals Innovation Community – sells contemporary, native produce grown by refugees and immigrants in South King County.

A number of of the market’s growers are a part of the Worldwide Rescue Committee’s New Roots Program (IRC), which focuses on meals entry and the dietary wants of households upon arrival to the US New Roots additionally gives entry to land, supplies, and schooling for program contributors to develop wholesome meals for his or her households. The market permits contributors to promote their produce domestically, which creates jobs and connects folks to meals.

“The Meals Innovation Community works with refugees and immigrants who develop their produce and supply domestically grown contemporary, wholesome meals from those that seem like us. There’s belief when the particular person promoting you that fruit appears to be like such as you and comes out of your group,” Meals Innovation Community (FIN) Program Coordinator Faizah Shukru mentioned. “We offer refugees and immigrant farmers the chance for financial progress in change for wholesome, native, inexpensive produce for our group. That is our mission.”

Tukwila Village Farmers Market employees with vendor (heart) from the Democratic Republic of Congo on a typical market day.

Along with WIC & Senior FMNP, SNAP, and SNAP Market Match, the Tukwila Village Farmers Market provides “Coronary heart Bucks” – vouchers offered by FIN to eligible individuals who want help purchasing on the market. Final yr, 138 households took benefit of this system and obtained between $90 and $180, relying on the household dimension. FIN will repeat the Coronary heart Bucks program this yr.

To help this program, contact Program Director Kara Martin at kara@foodinnovationnetwork.org.

You’ll find the Tukwila Farmers Market on the Tukwila Village Plaza on Wednesdays, 4 pm to 7 pm, from June 22 to October 12, 2022, at 14350 Tukwila Worldwide Blvd, Tukwila, WA 98168.

Initially Posted 6/21/22

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