Day: June 16, 2021

Rosa Parks Farmers Market opens for business to address food accessibility in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – Rosa Parks Farmers Market in Historic West End opened for the season on Tuesday. About a dozen vendors showed up – some with fresh produce to offer people who live in food deserts healthy options.

It is estimated about 15 percent of the households in Mecklenburg live in a food desert.

The Rosa Parks Food Market is set up in the middle of a neighborhood that is in the middle of a food desert. This food market is not your typical one – vendors accept EBT and food stamps. Shoppers say this market will make a difference for neighbors.

“If you put a Farmer’s Markets in a food desert,” Shopper Elena Sepulveda said. “A lot of people can’t afford what they are selling, but this is very affordable and reasonable.”

Sepulveda was happy with what she got at the Market. She doesn’t live in a food

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