The Sterling Pride Saturday Community Market begins tomorrow on the West End of Greenville.
It’s the first farmer’s market for the community that has nurtured its own garden since 2010.
The Sterling Community is located in a food desert where there’s no easy access to healthy food. The closest grocery store is nearly two miles away which is a challenge in a community where most people depend on public transportation.
“The closest store if you catch the bus is two hours away, or you have to walk to it, and it’s hard,” Jacqueline Rogers, the farm manager, said.
The community farm is the answer to that problem.
“Our neighbors will be able to get food that is fresh and readily available and within the community, so it’s in walking distance,” said Dot Russell, the Sterling Neighborhood Association President.
Russell is also hoping the farm solves another problem.
“One day we will have people who are employed who can just walk down the street and work and not have to deal with transportation or any other things that usually hampers people with getting a job,” Russell said.
The farmer’s market will allow community members to put their hard work on display.
“This is a very exciting time for us because this is the first time we can come together and show our produce on a large scale,” Russell said.
The market is also authorized by the South Carolina Nutritional Voucher program, so seniors can use vouchers to buy fresh food.
Neighbors say whatever money they make, they’ll put back into the community.
The market will run from 9 a.m. to noon every fourth Saturday from June until October.
It’s located at the corner of Highway 23 and Andrews Street, behind Bon Secours St. Francis hospital.