Tuesday, June 19, 2018

A new farmers' market, free-standing and open for business...

Grand Opening, Walnut Street Farm Stand, Springfield MA

This Farmers’ Market is a little bit different. This farmers' market is not a market but a farm stand. Located in an urban neighborhood and powered by solar panels. This farm stand is open three days a week instead of just one and offers locally grown organic produce, cooking classes and provides membership in a weekly farm share. 

If you've never heard of Gardening the Community of Springfield, its time you did. Gardening the Community (GTC) is a food justice organization based in Springfield, engaged in youth development, urban agriculture, and sustainable living.  

The organization broke ground on the Walnut Street Farm Stand in the Mason Square last year with funding from area business. Last year, GTC youth grew and harvested 4,000 pounds of pesticide free vegetables working with local farms to provide 24,000 additional pounds of locally grown food to Springfield neighbors. 

"I’m proud to be part of the journey. It’s powerful,” stated Exavier Lopez, a 2017 graduate of GTC’s youth program.  

“We have a real presence here now that we own this land. It echoes our voices."

The Walnut Street Farm Stand is located at 200 Walnut St. Farm stand hours are Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 11 am to 7 pm, and Saturdays from 10 am to 5 pm. 

GTC EATS shares will be available for pick-up on Wednesdays and Thursdays between 3 and 6 pm at the Walnut Street Farm.  

For more information visit www.gtcspringfield.org