Returning for it’s 4th year, Curbside Fresh Market is an initiative of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank that aims to reduce the barriers of access and affordability in food deserts throughout Vancouver.
We all know that fresh fruits and vegetables play an essential role in a healthy diet. With obesity, diabetes and heart disease steadily on the rise, access to whole, nutritionally dense food is becoming increasingly important. But for many people, getting their hands on fresh, healthy produce isn’t an easy task. Living in the agriculturally rich area of Vancouver and the Fraser Valley, this might be hard to imagine, but for those living in food deserts, access, along with affordability are two of the biggest barriers. A “food desert” is, often, a low-income, high-density urban area with limited access to quality, fresh produce. Aiming to address the issues of access and affordability, the Curbside Fresh Market is bringing their mobile markets into 6 of these Vancouver neighbourhoods this year.
Working with local growers, fresh, local, seasonal produce will be available at the market stands beginning June 20th and will continue weekly throughout the growing season (approximately mid-October). The markets are open to everyone, so if you’re in the area, make sure to stop by.
The days, times and locations are as follows:
Gordon Neighbourhood House
1019 Broughton Street, Vancouver
Tuesdays 3pm – 6pm
South Granville Seniors Centre
At Holy Trinity Anglican Church
1420 W 12th Ave, Vancouver
Wednesdays 11am – 2pm
Mt Pleasant Neighbourhood House
800 East Broadway, Vancouver
Wednesdays 3pm – 6pm
Collingwood Neighbourhood House
5288 Joyce Street, Vancouver
Thursdays 3pm – 6pm
155 E. 37th Street, Vancouver
Fridays 11am – 1:30pm
Mt Pleasant Community Centre
1 Kingsway, Vancouver
Fridays 2:30pm – 5:30pm