Posted on August 4th, 2011. Filed under National Farmers Market Week.
In a city where less than 20% of residents eat five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day, the Hub City Farmers Market (HCFM) is a nonprofit organization operating a Saturday, Wednesday, and Mobile Market within the city limits of Spartanburg, South Carolina. The market is producer-only, meaning that everything sold is grown or produced by the vendor selling it.
Hub City is an apt name for a market that facilitates so many activities in the community, engaging citizens in both through nutrition education and physical activities. The market facilitates donations of excess fruits and vegetables to local soup kitchens, and encourages volunteerism from among the community leaders. Through its community gardening program, the HCFM also provides technical assistance in the location, soil amendment , planting, and harvesting of shared gardens that allow people of all income levels to grow nutritious food for their families.