Three surrounding communities are providing freshly grown produce for the Calgary Farm Stand Program.
The Farm Stand Program allows local farmers to sell their products within Calgary so that those in need have access to fresh produce while also helping local farmers sell their products.
In less than a day, farm-fresh food is frequently harvested and prepared for sale right from fields and greenhouses, this program displays products from nearby communities including Didsbury, Olds, Carstairs and Lethbridge.
"The Farm Stand Program has been amazing for connecting our small family farm with new customers," says Kevin Tetzlaff, owner and operator of Tetzlaff Family Farms and first-time Farm Stand Program participant. "The program made it easy for us to enter the Calgary market and the community association has been a huge help in promoting the stand. Support from residents has been incredible with many coming back every week. It's been a great season so far and we love meeting everyone and hearing what they think of produce and the different ways they have prepared it."
This program gives local food vendors the chance to sell their produce at over 30 farm stands throughout Calgary will come to an end this Thanksgiving.
Its ultimate goal is to address the problem of food accessibility, which is a problem that many cities face. The program makes it simple for residents to get fresh, healthy food options by placing vendors in community association buildings, parks, and transit stops.
Additionally, it lessons the environmental impact of shipping food across large distances and serves as an illustration of how public health, environmental sustainability, and economic vitality can all coexist.
If you are interested in seeing where the nearest farm stands are located, click HERE.
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