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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.