East Knoxville Farmer’s Market
Nourish Knoxville’s staff has a 15-year history of cultivating healthy communities by supporting relationships between local farmers, producers, and the public by managing markets and mentoring farmers’ markets across Tennessee. We plan to partner with East Knoxville community members to launch a pilot farmers’ market in East Knoxville to supply the area with much needed fresh fruits and vegetables. According to the Food Trust, half a million Tennesseans live in food deserts and lack access to healthy food options, especially fresh fruits and vegetables. While Knox County is a thriving, urban area, some communities, including East Knoxville along Magnolia Ave, are deemed food deserts. To address this issue, our market will ensure visitors have options for desirable fresh fruits and vegetables in their community. The market will be created, managed, and maintained by community partners with technical assistance and program management from Nourish Knoxville. We plan to make the market accessible to low-income community members by accepting SNAP and WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) vouchers, and include programming such as our Kids Power of Produce (POP) Club.