Mayor Bill Finch and Bridgeport Health Director Kristin duBay Horton announced a new farmers market to open this summer in the city’s East End.
“Access to healthy food is not a privilege,” Finch said. “It is a right. Access should not depend on where you live or how much money you make.”
Why is this important? Because the East End remains the longest standing “food desert” in the city. A “food desert” is defined as an area where full-service grocery stores are either totally absent or inaccessible to low-income shoppers. That’s the case in the East End in the area of the Trumbull Gardens and Marina Village housing complexes.
A goal of the health department is to promote healthy living, whether through promoting safety inside homes or a healthy diet.
The Bridgeport Department of Health and Social Services and the Office of Economic Development, in collaboration with the Green Team, Baker Funeral Home and East End NRZ, will bring a farmers market to the East End of Bridgeport this summer. It will be the sixth farmers market in the city.
Every Sunday, starting in mid-July from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., there will be fresh fruits and vegetables, locally grown, made available to the residents. The farmer’s market will be held on Sundays at Baker’s Funeral Home.
“We will need your help to spread the word, to make that parking lot a community hub each Sunday, to bring health education, music and energy,” duBay Horton said. “Let’s show everyone the power that a farmers market can bring. Let’s demonstrate to grocers and developers what can happen here.”
The farmer’s market will accept food subsidies like WIC, SNAP and, through a state Department of Public Health grant, the market will double those vouchers for the first $15,000.