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Recent fruit and vegetable market opens in ‘meals swamp’ Booker Washington Heights neighborhood

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) – A brand new pipeline of wholesome meals has opened within the Booker Washington Heights neighborhood.

Wednesday morning, the “Good Meals Market” opened on Farrow Street as a collaboration between The Greenback Sto’ and FoodShare South Carolina.

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Sto’ proprietor Brian Thomas is buying recent vegatables and fruits at wholesale costs (organized by FoodShare) from the South Carolina Farmers Market.

FoodShare volunteers ran a tent outdoors of the enterprise the place the produce was re-sold. The costs are set at a slight mark-up to help future produce purchases and the income goes to Thomas.

He stated the market is filling enterprise and neighborhood demand. Aged and underprivileged neighbors within the space usually lack the transportation or monetary assets to recurrently store at grocery shops.

“The neighborhood wants it. There’s no, you may get canned pears, canned peaches, canned no matter. Folks need recent peaches, recent plums, recent no matter,” he stated.

FoodShare Neighborhood Outreach Coordinator Gabriel Wilhelm stated the market helps a neighborhood he describes as a “meals swamp,” an space the place meals is obtainable, however not wholesome.

He stated he’s hopeful the market will spur broader change.

“That rock that hits the water and has all of the ripple results. Simply begin consuming some issues which might be higher for you, you keep at school longer, you don’t should go to as many physician’s appointments, you’re saving cash on physician’s appointments,” Wilhelm stated.

The market is predicted to be open recurrently on Wednesdays, with it operating on Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m..

Leftover produce will probably be obtainable within the retailer.

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