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Host Farmers Markets at Underserved Rail Stations - Fresh MARTA Market

Atlanta, GA, USA
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Goverment Champion

Public Transit

Cost

Zero Upfront Cost
Initial:
0 USD

Project Status

Operational since 2015

Keywords

Food Desert
Food
Public Transportation

Challenges Addressed

Economic Development
Citizen Engagement
Food Insecurity
Essential Services
Transportation
Greenhouse Gas Reduction
Customer Service

Motivation

Resilient city
Sustainable city
Equitable city

Funding / Financing

Public Private Partnership

Project Type

Service

At a Glance

The Fresh MARTA Market is a farm stand that takes place in five MARTA stations. The Markets serve multiple areas with limited food access. Each stand operates one-day per week, providing fresh produce to MARTA customers at a different station each day.

Problem Addressed

This innovative food access solution is a partnership between MARTA and the Community Farmers Markets, GA Food Oasis-Atlanta, Atlanta Community Food Bank, and Organix Matters. The Fresh MARTA Market sources locally grown produce from members of the Southwest Atlanta Growers Cooperative and farmers affiliated with Community Farmers Markets, as well as several local food hubs. This gives local farmers the opportunity to sell more produce to consumers that might not otherwise make it to a farmers market. This produce is complemented by non-local produce so that Fresh MARTA Market patrons can do a large amount of their fresh food shopping on their way to or from home.

Outcomes

  1. Increased access to food
  2. Increased economic activity
  3. Access to healthier food

Who Should Consider?

Transit agencies with rail stations in food deserts. And Transit agencies that serve riders who eat food!

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