BIRMINGHAM, Ala (WIAT) — A farmers market is coming this summer and will be located at the Birmingham Jefferson County Terminal Authority’s Central Station.
The farmers market is being funded by the BJCTA and the city of Birmingham.
Birmingham city council approved to help fund the project but contributing to the construction part.
The farmer market will consist of an awning outside the BJCTA Central Station where trucks can pull in and sell fresh fruits, vegetables, and other types of food.
Darrell O’Quinn with Birmingham city council said this is another way the city is trying to address the food desert concern, where neighborhoods don’t have easy access to fresh food.
“It’s something we really need and I’m glad the city especially thinks that we’re doing things to encourage people to have access to healthy foods but also encourage people to grow their own healthy foods and be more independent of commercial retailers,” said O’Quinn.
The city is funding the program by matching a $50,000 grant from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs and providing additional funds for the project.