By: Alison Curtis, Cobb & Douglas Public Health Chronic Disease Prevention Section

Cobb2020 has launched its sixth season of the successful Farm Fresh Market initiative. The markets aim to combat Cobb County’s food desert problem by supplying affordable fresh fruits and vegetables to residents in areas of Austell and Marietta. The markets operate June through September and cost $5 per ten pounds of produce.

The Farm Fresh Markets will be open on Saturdays June to provide, “increased access to fresh fruit and vegetables to a population that does not have access to a free-standing grocery store,” said Becky Shipley, Group Vice President of McCleskey-East Cobb & Northeast Cobb YMCA and Cobb2020 Steering Committee Member, who is spearheading the initiative with Cobb and Douglas Public Health on the Cobb2020’s Healthy Lifestyles team.

Thanks to a community partnership with The Common Market, the markets will offer an assortment of locally grown fruit and vegetables. To assist with healthier preparation methods, Cobb & Douglas Public Health provides recipe demonstrations and nutrition education to residents at the markets.

“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 2019 Season:
Farm Fresh Market will be open weekly on Saturdays June 1 until September 14, 2019 serving the Austell and Marietta communities in Cobb County. The markets will operate on the following days and locations with hours of operation specified:

Saturdays:
Dwell @750 Apartment Community
750 Franklin Gateway, Marietta, GA 30067
8:00 A.M. – 9:00 A.M.

Walton Crossing Apartment Community
1820 Mulkey Rd SW, Austell, GA 30106
9:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M.

Walton Village Apartment Community
1570 Roberta Dr. SW, Marietta, GA  30008
9:30 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.

Walton Reserve Apartment Community
7075 Walton Reserve Lane, Austell, GA 30168
10:30 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.

Visit our Events page for a full list of the Farm Fresh market dates, times and locations.