Cobb2020 Launches Markets to Distribute Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

The latest initiative from Cobb2020 aims to provide fresh produce to food deserts in Austell area and Marietta

Atlanta – May 26, 2016 - 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 free standing 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 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Walton Reserve Apartment Community
7075 Walton Reserve Lane, Austell, GA 30168
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Residents can also find the days and times of market operation at

About Cobb2020, The Partnership for a Healthier Cobb County:
Cobb2020 is a partnership of community organizations and individuals dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles and the delivery of essential health services in Cobb County. Together, through a strategic process called Mobilizing Action Through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP), Cobb2020 has assessed the current health status of the County and has developed a Community Health Improvement Plan. This website provides an overview of that plan and suggests ways that you can get involved. The Cobb2020 Health Improvement Initiative has been supported by funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Healthcare Georgia and support of local community organizations.

Click here for more information about the Farm Fresh Market.