Weekly Farmer’s Market to Open at Camp Washington to Fight Food Desert | Food News | Cincinnati

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Chef Rose Che gives a cooking class to the children of the Welcome Project.

As summer temperatures soar, one of the best things about this warm season is the variety of fresh produce offered by local farmers. Camp Washington is rolling out a new Farmer’s Market with the help of Wave Pool and the Camp Washington Urban Revitalization Corporation (CWURC), to be held in Valley Park every Thursday in the summer and fall from 4-6 p.m. . The first farmer’s market will take place. Thursday, July 7.

Due to a historical lack of quality food resources in the neighborhood, Camp Washington has been considered a food wasteland for years. This new farmer’s market is a step in the right direction as it brings healthy and nutritious food to the heart of the neighborhood, meaning locals will have access to farm-fresh fruits and vegetables among other dishes. delicious as well as products made by local bakers. , craftsmen and other traders.

This farmers market is a temporary solution to a more widespread problem, as Wave Pool and CWURC say in a recent press release: “Many neighborhood organizations have stepped up, such as Welcome Project with their free meals, Washington Church of Christ with their food. pantry and the free refrigerator, but this has not solved the problem of our residents not being able to buy products in the neighborhood. »

This farmers market not only benefits local shoppers, but is very attractive to growing farmers and artisans, as the market only requires a weekly engagement instead of the more common seasonal engagement seen on other markets. The CWURC says its hope is to provide a gateway for new farmers to enter the market.

In addition to weekly shopping opportunities, the market will also feature art activities organized by Wave Pool for kids and adults who want to show off their creative side.

The Camp Washing Farmer’s Market is funded by the American Heart Association and the Hamilton County nonprofit relief funds. For more information, visit wavepoolgallery.org and cwurc.org.

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James V. Payne