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The local farmers’ market in Tyler, TX is expanding! The 21% Latino east Texas town now has 2 farmers’ markets, one on Tuesdays and another on Saturdays, both from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The Rose City Farmers’ Market was started by Tyler’s Food and Farm Coalition. The market’s director, Carmen Sosa, has been working to connect farmers to the community to not only stimulate the farming economy but also to offer fresh, local food.
Many residents in the area don’t have easy access to grocery stores, limiting their healthy food options. But farmers’ markets are a viable alternative.
According to an article in the Tyler Morning Telegraph, the market accepts SNAP benefit cards and participates in the Texas Department of Agriculture’s Farmers Market Nutrition Program, which gives $30 worth of produce to eligible WIC clients in addition to their normal benefits.
Vendors also participate in a food gleaning program, where they provide leftover food from the market that may not be viable at the next market day to the local food pantry twice a week.
Read more about the Rose City Farmers’ Market here.
Check out the market on Facebook here.
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for every Latino neighborhood, compared to 3 for every non-Latino neighborhood