First mobile market opens in north Baton Rouge to ease food desert

First mobile market opens in north Baton Rouge to ease food desert
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POSTED: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 7:30pm

UPDATED: Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 10:32am

Good news for some in north Baton Rouge. The Red Stick Mobile Food Market will be in the area weekly to help many in what are called food deserts.

Food deserts are spots without easy access to grocery stories or healthy food.

“We're bringing fresh locally grown produce from Louisiana farmers into the neighborhoods, so people are able to come and shop,” Cooper Alvarez, Executive Director, said.

The mobile market made its first weekly stops today on North Foster Drive. Right now, the market makes two stops a week - the Scotlandville Library and Star Hill Church. The hope is to increase those stops by two this summer, and to have between six and eight stops by the end of this year.

“It's a local opportunity for us farmers to sell directly to our customers and build a relationship to where they come back each and every week,” Eric Morrow, farmer, said.

On Wednesday's the market will be at the Scotlandville Library from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Then from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. the market will be in front of Star Hill Church on North Foster.

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