With funding from the New Jersey Department of Health’s “Shaping Community Pilots” grants and collaborations from the Trenton Healthy Food Network, plans are underway to open a new farmers market on Greenwood Avenue in Trenton, directly behind the Trenton Transit Center on Greenwood Avenue.
The Trenton Healthy Food Network’s Economic Development committee has been working on the creation of the market for months and consists of representatives from many area organizations–the New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids-Trenton, the Trenton Area YMCA, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Mercer County, Isles, Inc, the Henry J. Austin Center, the Crisis Ministry of Princeton and Trenton and the New Jersey Farm to School Network. The effort has support from the Trenton Mayor’s office and administration and the adjacent Trent Center, which houses almost 600 seniors.
The market, which will run on Mondays from 2:30pm to 6:30pm, will offer farm fresh produce, locally prepared foods, music and a place for community groups to access the residents, commuters and businesses that surround the Trenton Train Station.
Local Trenton artists are currently at work creating the logo for the market and plans are underway to create a “walking bus” for the seniors from the nearby Trent Center to visit the market.
Access to fresh produce is an issue in many urban communities and this market will bring much-needed good food to the area, making it available to residents and commuters alike.