As part of its ongoing commitment to provide customer amenities, MARTA has opened a weekly pop-up produce market at its West End MARTA station.
The Fresh MARTA Market will provide a convenient location to purchase fresh, affordable and locally grown produce in a community with many transit-reliant individuals.
The pop-up market will operate outside the station each Friday from 2- 6 p.m. through October and will be managed in partnership with Food Oasis, Community Farmers Market and the Southwest Atlanta Growers Cooperative. These organizations work closely with West End residents to promote healthy, affordable and sustainable eating habits. Food Oasis is a program of the Atlanta Community Food Bank.
A soft launch took place last week, with an official launch and ceremony scheduled Friday, July 17 at 2 p.m. and will include remarks from Atlanta City Councilwoman Cleta Winslow; Rob Johnson, VP of Community Services at the Atlanta Community Food Bank; and, Jamila Norman, Owner/Operator of Patchwork City Farms.
More than 75 percent of West End residents and MARTA customers surveyed indicated they would likely purchase fresh produce at the station, if it was available.
Cash, credit and EBT payments will be accepted. Additionally, the Fresh MARTA Market will provide the Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) two for one match, doubling the amount of fresh produce customers can purchase dollar for dollar.