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Pharrmers Market

Pharrmers Market Season

NEW Season November 3rd, 2016!!!!!

every Thursday from 10am-1pm

Supported by our on site Community Garden and local farmers/vendors the Pharrmers Market offers fresh fruit, vegetables, and healthy choices to the community on a weekly basis. We welcome local vendors that are able to produce healthy food choices and products to our community.

2016-2017 Active Vendor List:

  1. Community Garden, Christopher Bueno= Vegetables grown with no chemicals and from Organic seeds
  2. Granola Millonaria, Homero Rodriguez= Homeade Granola
  3. Natures Heartland Farms, Wendy Hernandez= Vegetables, farm fresh eggs, homegrown loofahs.
  4. Marie’s Kitchen, Maria Elena Robles=Healthy Lunches including vegetable lasagna
  5. Lauras Grapefruit= Freshly squeezed grapefruit juice & grapefruits from Bayview
  6. Silky Bubbles, Sarah Copeland= Handmade Soaps and hygiene
  7. Sunshines Bounty, Matthew Ramos= Vegetables & Herbs
  8. House of David ProduceGregory David= Vegetables & Herbs
  9. Wicked Good, Jonathan Hogan= Preserved Foods (Jams/Marmalades) Baked Goods

New Vendors are always welcomed to apply! Please contact Christopher Bueno to schedule a home visit in order to become approved. All participants handling food must have a Food Handlers Certificate up to date with the city, county, or state.

 

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT?  Other than fresh fruits, vegetables, free Monthly Health Clinics will be held on the second Thursday of each month, health care professionals and providers will make themselves available to the public. If you are a health provider and would like to take part in our Health Fair please contact us as soon as possible.

 

The Community Garden and the Pharrmers Market work in partnership with the Healthy Living Department in bringing nutrition awareness to our community.  If being healthy is something you would like to start come by and see us every Thursday from 10 am to 1pm on November 3, 2016 and every Thursday thereafter. The Healthy Living Department is another great production of the Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley, they offer cooking demos and assist our community in substituting healthier ingredients within our traditional foods in order to live healthier.

There is a new “hunger” in our community and it is called “food insecurity”

Why are Farmers Markets important to our community? According to Feeding Texas, one in six Texas families are caught between rising prices and tight budgets, causing them to face difficult choices between affording food or other needs. Fresh vegetables and fruits harvested from our Community Garden and by other local farmers maintain low prices, helping our community afford healthy food and by us opening on a weekly basis this reduces food insecurity.

Food insecurity can be understood by the choice of whether to pay your $100.00 light bill or buy groceries for the rest of the week. Receiving a reduction in hours at work causing a reduction of income to support nutritious food for your family. We have all contemplated on whether or not to eat healthy or save our money and purchase unhealthy cheaper foods, this is a form of food insecurity. We all have faced it, although some of our neighbors face it more often or on a deeper level.

The USDA defines food insecurity as a state in which “consistent access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money and other resources at times during the year.”

Food Insecurity and Health Issues

We have already defined food insecurity as inconsistent  access to adequate food, feeding our bodies excess food when it is available and starving it from nutrients takes its toll, for this reason numerous studies and research completed by Feeding Texas and Feeding America has linked Food Insecurity to Diabetes, High Cholesterol, and High Blood Pressure.

We are currently working hard to be able to accept SNAP benefits at our Pharrmers Market, we will let you know when we have been approved as soon as we get the green light.

 


Christopher Bueno, Community Garden Manager, (956) 904-4525, chbueno@foodbankrgv.com

Vanessa Luna, Health Partnership Organizer, (956) 904-4541, vluna@foodbankrgv.com