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Published on June 06, 2018
Join residents, volunteers, organizations, and community leaders in celebrating the Grand Opening of the new Hillside Farmers Market! 503 E 3rd St Duluth, MN 55806 Tuesday, June 19 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm
With support from Essentia Health, Community Action Duluth’s Seeds of Success program is opening a new farmers market! The Hillside Farmers Market aims to provide fresh, healthful and affordable local foods in the Central Hillside neighborhood.
The 2015 Bridge to Health Survey found that 41.6 percent of Central Hillside residents experience food insecurity, compared to the regional average of 20 percent. Additionally, the Bridge to Health Survey found that 19.3 percent of Central Hillside residents lack access to transportation for groceries, compared to the region average of 3 percent.
The new Hillside Farmers Market will put this healthy option on a bus line and within walking distance of many hillside neighbors.
“The market will help connect our Nutrition Services department with local farmers leading to partnerships that will allow our department to serve more local foods to our customers and patients,” says Chad Nurminen, who manages environmental and nutrition services at Essentia. “There will be chef demonstrations the first Tuesday of the month, beginning on July 3, that will showcase items developed by our talented culinary team.”
This opening day celebration from 3-6 pm. Tuesday, June 19, will include free food, children’s activities and a bike blender, which is a blender attached to a stationary bike to promote healthy exercise while making smoothies. Local vendors will be selling fresh produce, seedling transplants, bread, baked goods, canned goods, meat, and more!
The Hillside Farmers Market will operate every Tuesday from 3 to 6 p.m. from June 19 to Oct. 16.
Thanks to Hunger Solutions Minnesota and Essentia Health, SNAP customers are matched one-to-one, up to $15 dollars per market day, when using an EBT card at the market. Any children under 18 receive free $4 tokens to spend on produce through the Power of Produce (PoP) Club, with funding from Essentia Health and University of Minnesota Extension.
Seeds of Success, a program of Community Action Duluth, is a food access program that also operates the successful Lincoln Park Farmers Market. Seeds of Success is a part of the Fair Food Access Campaign, a coalition of organizations and neighborhood residents working for health equity in Duluth.