Cobb2020 will launch its third year of the successful Farm Fresh Market campaign starting Saturday, June 4 to combat Cobb County’s food desert problem. The markets will supply fresh fruits and vegetables to residents in Austell on Six Flags Drive and at a new location near the intersection of South Cobb Dr. & Austell Rd. in Marietta.
The Farm Fresh Markets will be open on Saturdays to provide, “increased access to fresh fruit and vegetables to a population that does not have access to a freestanding grocery store,” said Becky Shipley, Executive Director of McCleskey-East Cobb & Northeast Cobb YMCA and Cobb2020 Steering Committee Chair, who is spearheading the initiative on Cobb2020’s Healthy Lifestyles team.
Thanks to a community partnership with the Atlanta Community Food Bank, the markets will offer fruit and vegetable bags featuring an assortment of healthy produce items. The Cobb County UGA Extension Office will work to provide nutrition education at the markets to residents.
“The Cobb2020 Farm Fresh Markets are one great example of community partners working together to support our health priorities in Cobb County,” said Lisa Crossman, Deputy Director Cobb & Douglas Public Health and Cobb2020 Steering Committee Vice Chair.
Cobb2020’s Farm Fresh Market is not only expected to increase access to healthier foods, but also assess and study how behaviors and eating habits have changed. “Low-income neighborhoods have a higher obesity rate than other areas, so by giving access to healthy food, we want to be able to increase healthy eating habits and also see how a person’s lifestyle may have changed due to access,” said Shipley.
About Farm Fresh Market:
Farm Fresh Market begins on June 4, 2016, and will be open weekly to serve the Austell and Marietta communities in Cobb County until August 27, 2016. The markets will open on the following days and locations with hours of operation specified:
- Walton Village Apartment Community
1570 Roberta Dr. SW, Marietta, GA 30008
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
- Walton Reserve Apartment Community
7075 Walton Reserve Lane, Austell, GA 30168
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.