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Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Promotes Fresh Food on Wheels

Lisa Autry

Kentucky's Agriculture Commissioner says Bowling Green’s new traveling farmer’s market is a concept he hopes will catch on statewide. 

Starting next spring, a retro-fitted bus will travel to areas where the low-income have limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables.  The mobile market will also accept forms ofgovernment assistance. 

Commissioner James Comer checked out the market this week during a stop in Bowling Green.

“Low income and elderly people have issues finding fresh food," said Comer.  "There are food deserts all across Kentucky in both cities and rural communities, and a food desert by definition is a place where you have to travel a long distance to get fresh produce.”

Comer said having more mobile farmer’s markets might be a step toward reversing some of the state’s chronic health problems. 

Lisa is a Scottsville native and WKU alum. She has worked in radio as a news reporter and anchor for 18 years. Prior to joining WKU Public Radio, she most recently worked at WHAS in Louisville and WLAC in Nashville. She has received numerous awards from the Associated Press, including Best Reporter in Kentucky. Many of her stories have been heard on NPR.