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Fresh MARTA Markets Open For Season, Expand to Dekalb County

MARTA announces the opening of its popular Fresh MARTA Markets, including the expansion of the program to provide greater food access in DeKalb County with new markets at Doraville and Kensington rail stations.

Fresh MARTA Markets open for the 2022 regular season beginning on Tuesday, April 12 at West End Station, Wednesday, April 13 at H.E. Holmes and Bankhead Stations, Thursday, April 14 at College Park Station, and Friday, April 15 at Doraville and Five Points Stations. The new market at Kensington opens this summer. All markets are open one day-day per week from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m., and will remain open until the first week of December. Per the federal mask mandate on public transportation, masks are still required to be worn while shopping at the markets.

Launched in 2015, Fresh MARTA Markets provide convenient access to affordable, fresh produce in food deserts and expand opportunities for Georgia’s local growers to sell their fruits and vegetables. MARTA operates the markets in partnership with Community Farmers Markets (CFM), with support from Open Hand Atlanta, Wholesome Wave GA, Urban Recipe, and local growers and together have served over 150,000 people over the last four years, selling more than 170,000 pounds of produce.

“A sure sign of spring is that the Fresh MARTA Markets are open! We are grateful for the continued support from our many partner agencies and valued local growers and are excited about the expansion into DeKalb County,” said MARTA Interim General Manager Collie Greenwood.

MARTA recently received a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for $851,677.10 to continue operations at the markets and pay for the additional markets to be established in DeKalb County. This USDA grant expands operations through 2024 and will allow MARTA to serve an additional 250,000 people and source $100,000 worth of produce from local farms.

“Having convenient access to fresh, affordable produce is an important part of creating and sustaining a healthy, vibrant community. We are so pleased to welcome the newest Fresh MARTA Market to Doraville rail station and our City Council was happy to partner with MARTA to help make it happen,” said Doraville Mayor Joseph Geierman.

The markets accept cash, credit and debit, as well as Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). SNAP is doubled at the market, meaning $5 swiped is worth $10 to spend. The Atlanta Community Food Bank screens individuals and families to see if they are eligible for benefits. Visit benefits@acfb.org or call 678-553-5917 to see if you qualify.

Learn more about Fresh MARTA Markets here MARTA (itsmarta.com).

 

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1 Comment

  1. Nicolas Uppal April 12, 2022 4:10 pm

    We COULD be doing this:

    Urban Gardens
    June 9, 2021|economics, environment, inflation, social, taxes

    With the increasing instability of supply chains, societal volatility, and periods when produce acquisition is becoming threatened by fast-spreading illnesses; acquiring (nutritional) nourishment is becoming increasingly difficult, increasingly costly, or a combination of the two. Also, with the increasing ability to conjure money into circulation (inflation), the effects of this inflation will cause price increases to spiral out of control pricing those with no money even further out of the market for nutrition, and the best natural ability to heal their health, and their brain.
    Due to the pandemic which, erroneously, spurred Jerome Powell to start the money printers, millions of people are now jobless and therefore incomeless, and eventually homeless – increasing the amount of crime out of desperation. Also, an increasing inability to make the minimum payments on debts, because interest rate raises will increase. Leading to more lawlessness, and an acceleration of the societal collapse that’s currently in place. In fact, I think that the rate of societal collapse is 1:1 captured by this rate of growth in M1 money supply:
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    food quality
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    Due to the rising monetary cost of food, and concurrent nutritional decline amalgamated with soaring inflation, I suggest:
    Using the “dead spaces,” like parking lots that dot the city to serve as a platform upon which urban agriculture is grown in greenhouses, the greenhouse would occupy ~75% of the parking lot size, the remaining portions of the lot would be used as ports of transaction or battery charging.
    In addition, we could display the cost savings in energy expenditure for apartments/condominium buildings by having communally maintained rooftop gardens. This will make the final approach to ATL airport be incredibly unique among every single major city worldwide. The greenest city on earth.
    The unemployed and homeless will be requested to tend to the agriculture in the greenhouses, the water boys can effect the transactions (they just want to hold money, also helps harness the boundless energy of the ‘water boys’ and increases math skills since education is being destroyed). Hire agricultural experts from the various A&M universities, these universities might have an influx of students thanks to the incredibly accommodative monetary policy, allowing for student loan rates to be so low. These foodstuffs once finished, cleaned, and inspected for illness or injury causing defects, will be sold from a small distribution center at the front of the parking lot. These greenhouses can also serve as living spaces for the recently homeless, bathing spaces, helping them get on their feet.
    By selling this urban agriculture the destitute, and impoverished can begin to slowly build capital to get back on their feet. While also increasing tax revenue for the city and keeping more money local, and not feeding Jeff Bezos through Whole Foods having a virtual monopoly on fresh, organic GMO-free-labeled foods. This nutritional increase may calm them down, the food grown will be 100% organic GMO-free, and if possible, use distilled water to increase crop yield which in turn lowers the cost of the lot (because it would increase yield) and encourages people to distill their water.
    The people working on the Greenhouse plot will be allowed to use the greenhouses as housing and bathing locations, thus helping reduce the homeless/crime issue, because the punishment would be more pernicious than jail. They have a monetary incentive to not eat the food. The sales of the product would be split; a certain percentage of the sale will go to the city (providing the space, greenhouse, seed, etc.), and the remainder to the waterboys, homeless workers, agriculturalist teachers/overseers. A city-wide app could be used to determine in realtime the percentage that the workers gets in the sale. In this way society can penalize the workers if need be, and in turn embetter the immediate city zone, this gives the homeless and the other workers an incentive to behave with decorum in society.
    Possible rotate the crops around the city to keep soil fallow and encourage inter-city travel – which in turn spurs MARTA ridership because the plots would be 1-bus stop from the train stations.Report

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