In an effort to combat food inequity across Buffalo, Massachusetts Avenue Project (MAP) will offer affordable and fresh vegetables and fruits to nine sites for the 2018 growing season. MAP’s Mobile Market is excited to serve communities in Ellicott, Fillmore, Masten, and Niagara Districts this summer.

The Mobile Market partners with local organizations to bring produce into areas of Buffalo where access to healthy, affordable, and fresh food is limited. This year’s community partners include Bennett Park Montessori, BFNC Moot Senior Center, Canisius College Sustainability Initiative, Catholic Charities Immigration and Refugee Assistance Program, Elim Christian Fellowship, Evergreen Lofts, The Salvation Army of Buffalo, and Tabernacle of Praise Church. MAP also operates a farm stand at their urban farm and soon-to-be new Farmhouse and Community Food Training Center, located at 387 Massachusetts Avenue.

MAP’s Mobile Market truck is easily identified by brightly colored ‘veggie people’ adorning its sides. The Mobile Market is open to the public at individual sites, from June until November, rain or shine.

The Mobile Market provides produce grown at MAP’s urban farm and regional partner farms, including Erdle Farm in Silver Creek, Oles Family Farm in Alden, Little Bear Farm in Farmersville, and Senek Farms in Ransomville, NY. Common staples found on the Mobile Market include apples, berries, collard greens, cucumbers, squash, tomatoes, and tree fruit.  Specialty items include green tomatoes and a rotating variety of hot peppers and winter squash. Many of the items are grown right on MAP’s urban farm.

The Mobile Market accepts cash, credit, SNAP (EBT), Double Up Food Bucks, and WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program checks. Double Up Food Bucks provides a $1 for $1 match, up to $20 per day, for SNAP recipients purchasing locally grown produce at participating Farmers’ Markets in Western New York.

Storage and cooking tips are provided by knowledgeable staff. In addition, MAP partners with Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Eat Smart New York Program to offer nutrition education and information to visitors. Organic produce is sourced whenever possible.

City of Buffalo Mayor’s Summer Youth Internship Program (MSYIP) provides youth employment opportunities at MAP each summer. MSYIP teens work for the MAP Growing Green Youth Program on the farm and Mobile Market during July and August.

Massachusetts Avenue Project is 501(c)3 not-for-profit with a mission to nurture the growth of a sustainable and equitable community food system to promote local economic opportunities, access to affordable, nutritious food and social change education.

More information about MAP’s Mobile Market can be found on the organization’s website:

http://mass-ave.org/programs/mobile-market

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