By Raisa Habersham, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Updated June 30, 2020
Residents looking for fresh food can again purchase produce at the Fresh MARTA Market at the West End MARTA station, according to a news release.
The market will be held 3 -7 p.m. every Tuesday. Other markets will open throughout July at Bankhead, College Park, Five Points and Hamilton E. Holmes MARTA stations, according to the release.
Launched in 2015, the markets provide healthy, affordable, and locally-sourced produce in neighborhoods considered food deserts or where fresh food availability is limited.
“We are committed to promoting a healthy lifestyle and these produce markets enable us to bridge the nutritional gap from the convenience of our rail stations,” MARTA General Manager and CEO Jeffrey Parker said in a statement.
With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, all market staff will wear masks and gloves and regularly sanitize work stations, according to the release. Patrons are urged to wear a mask or facial covering while shopping, maintain six-feet of distance from others, and request all produce from a staff member.
Cash, credit and debit cards as well as Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) are accepted at the markets, according to the release. SNAP is doubled at the market, meaning $5 swiped is $10 to spend.
FRESH MARTA MARKET OPENINGS:
West End MARTA Station – 3 to 7 p.m. every Tuesday beginning June 30
Bankhead MARTA Station – 3 to 7 p.m. every Wednesday beginning July 8
College Park MARTA Station – 3 to 7 p.m. every Thursday beginning July 16
Five Points MARTA Station – 3 to 7 p.m. every Friday beginning July 24
Hamilton E. Holmes MARTA Station – 3 to 7 p.m. every Wednesday beginning July 29