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Alternatives For Girls is teaming up with Eastern Market’s Farm Stand Program this summer to become one of the 19 different locations throughout Detroit where community members can purchase fresh produce. Starting June 24th and running through September 30th, Eastern Market will bring their Farm Stand Market to AFG every Tuesday from 2:30-5:00pm in front of the AFG building (903 West Grand Boulevard). Equipped with a 10×10 pop up tent and a table, two Eastern Market Farm Stand employees, known as “Fresh Food Fellows”, will sell seasonal fruits and vegetables as well as some specialty products such as honey, jams, organic grains, and healthy snacks.
One of the main goals of the Eastern Market Farm Stand Program is to encourage the community to think about incorporating more fruits and vegetables into their diet and showing them how to use seasonal produce to achieve that goal. The Fresh Food Fellows who staff each Farm Stand embody this mission by offering a wide range of information on the nutritional value of the foods at the stand and culinary uses of local produce.In addition to helping educate the community, the Farm Stand Program also aims to tailor each stand to community members needs by taking requests and bringing a unique variety of produce to each food stand based on what those customers want.
Each Farm Stand, including the one at AFG, will feature some Michigan grown produce and produce that reflects the type of food that can be grown in Michigan. In attempt to get customers to learn how to eat seasonally and see the economic benefits of eating foods in season, stands will not offer things that cannot be grown in Michigan, such as bananas or citrus fruits. Every Eastern Market Farm Stand will accept Bridge Cards, Credit/Debit Cards, Cash, Double Up Food Bucks, WIC Project Fresh Coupons, and Senior Market Coupons. The Alternatives For Girls Farm Stand is open to the public. For more information on the program and other Eastern Market Farm Stands around Detroit, visit www.DetroitEasternMarket.com.