Local food-lovers ignore rain, support new library farmers market | Home & Garden
The Farmers Market at the Tyler Public Library successfully launched on Thursday, May 9.
Even with drizzling rain and cool temperatures, local food lovers came out to see what local farmers, craftsmen, artists and artisans had to offer them in their neighborhood.
Carmen Sosa, a local food activist who played a key role in getting the library market up and running, says, "During the course of my research I discovered Tyler is home to four food deserts (per the definition set up by the USDA - a community with little to no access to nutritious fresh foods )."
Setting out to remedy that solution, she worked with a group of other local food lovers, farmers and neighbors to create The East Texas Community Food Coalition which has grown to over 400 members.
The group is responsible for partnering with the Tyler Public Library to create the Farmers Market at the Library. At the lauch of the market Thursday, there were lots of fresh vegetables, such as kale, onions, beets, snap peas, potatoes, celery, and more, as well as handmade soaps, locally-roasted coffee, organic eggs, art and jewelry by local artists, and fresh flowers, potted plants and herbs.
Make sure to head over to the library farmers market each Thursday morning all spring and summer to partake of all these wonderful things. Much more will continue to be added as the weather warms up even more. Vine-ripened tomatoes should be available at all area farmers markets by the end of May!
Market hours are 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. WIC vouchers are available to be used at the market for moms to get healthy, fresh food for their children, as well.
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