WakeMed Raleigh Campus is home to a thriving and diverse farmers market, now in it’s 3rd year.
The weekly Farmers’ Market returns to the outdoor courtyard of WakeMed’s Raleigh Campus on Tuesday, May 17th. The Market brings with it a wide selection of fresh, locally-grown produce, cooking demonstrations, health education, crafts, and more. More importantly, the Farmers’ Market operates under a ‘for the community, by the community’ mentality, serving as a way to bring together members of the local community while encouraging an overall, healthier lifestyle.
The WakeMed Raleigh Campus Farmers Market brings fresh food into the southeast Raleigh food desert, where there is a significant need for convenient access to a variety of fresh and healthy foods. The market will also bring fresh foods to the more than 5,000 employees, 300 volunteers, and thousands of patients and visitors on Raleigh Campus. (Click here to learn more about the collaborative effort.)
FREE Parking will be available in the P1 parking deck for Farmers Market Patrons. The market itself will be at the hospital’s outdoor courtyard – located just through the Main Visitor’s Entrance – off New Bern Avenue. In the event of inclement weather, the Farmers Market is moved indoors. Raleigh Campus Map (pdf)
EBT Market Match: The market accepts EBT cards as well as debit and credit cards this season. WakeMed will also offer 2 for 1 Market Match vouchers while funding lasts for those who are receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.
Vendors: If you are interested in being a vendor at the market, please review the rules and standards for this year, fill out the 2016 application and submit it via email to Heather Monackey. There is no fee to participate and tables and tents are provided.
For more information about the WakeMed Farmers Market, visit wakemed.org/farmersmarket.
History of the WakeMed Farmers Market
Founded in June 2014 and now co-managed by the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle – the WakeMed Farmers Market aims to make fresh food more accessible to Southeast Raleigh residents – something worth noting as Southeast Raleigh is one of more than 340 designated “food deserts” in the North Carolina.
What is a Food Desert?
A Food Desert is a low-income area where a significant number of residents live more than 1 mile from a supermarket in urban areas and more than 10 miles from a supermarket in rural areas.
The Healthy Food Resources in North Carolina report (January 2014) describes individuals living in food deserts as having “…no opportunity or way to purchase healthy foods within their immediate community.” Thus, these residents are forced to travel elsewhere in order to feed their families a healthy diet, which can be a problem if they don’t have the transportation means to get to a grocery store.
Furthermore, studies show that this lack of access contributes to a poor diet and can lead to higher levels of obesity and other chronic conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease.
Partnering to Solve a Problem
IFFS and WakeMed know collaboration is key for fighting hunger. The WakeMed-Food Shuttle Farmers Market helps address the issue of food scarcity by knocking down several barriers.
#1 – LOCATION
Located in the heart of a designated Food Desert, the WakeMed Raleigh Campus is in an ideal position, geographically, to serve local residents.
#2 – COST
For Patrons: With the help of Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, the WakeMed Farmers Market accepts EBT cards as well as debit and credit cards. We also offer 2 for 1 Market Match vouchers (while funding lasts) for those who are receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. The Market Match program makes it easier for local families to eat healthier, in collaboration with area farmers’ markets.
For Vendors: Unlike most farmers’ markets, the WakeMed Farmers Market does not charge vendors a fee. All of the setup, breakdown, and electrical equipment is also provided – making it easier for local vendors to participate.