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New Downtown Bowling Green Farmers Market Targets Underserved Communities

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A new farmers market slated to open this spring in downtown Bowling Green hopes to attract customers who don’t normally visit such establishments.

The new market—which will be known as Southern Kentucky Fresh--will be located near the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center on College Street.

Megan Bailey, with the Warren County Extension Office, says the location is within walking distance of many residents who might not otherwise have access to fresh, locally-grown produce.

“That was one of the purposes of this downtown market—to be able to serve an audience that may not have been able to go to the farmers market before. It’s going to be closer to some of our communities that are using SNAP benefits, and they’ll actually be able to utilize those at the market.”

The market is scheduled to open in April, and is seeking input from potential vendors about the guidelines governing the market.

Some of the issues being discussed are whether producers from Tennessee should be allowed to participate, and whether vendors should be able to resell products they’ve purchased elsewhere.

The nearby SKY Farmers Market, which is held near The Medical Center, has been invited to join Southern Kentucky Fresh.

Bailey says organizers are hoping to include a demonstration kitchen in a nearby church that was purchased as part of the new farmers market.

Kevin is the News Director at WKU Public Radio. He has been with the station since 1999, and was previously the Assistant News Director, and also served as local host of Morning Edition.
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