Jamestown Public Market Announces Successful End of Season | News, Sports, Jobs
The Jamestown Public Market has announced a successful end to its 2021 season.
âWe continue to develop and expand our programs, and we have had an incredible season this year. We would like to thank our sponsors, supporters, customers and of course the farmers and vendors who make it all possible â, said Market Manager Linnea Carlson.
The Jamestown Public Market, a program of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, runs several programs aimed at “Building the Jamestown food system”. These include the weekly Saturday Farmer’s Market, located along Third Street in downtown Jamestown; Jamestown Mobile Market, a farmers’ market on wheels that provides access to fresh food to community areas most in need; the GROW Jamestown and GROW Garden Fair community gardens; and several community education and advocacy events and programs.
In 2021, the market reports serving more than 1,000 individual community members.
“All of our programs have grown”, Carlson said. âOur Saturday market sales have increased by over 25% and the number of vendors has doubled. At the mobile market, we were visited by 415 individual customers, who bought an average of 5 servings of fruit and vegetables per week. We have offered activities, thanks to the support of Novel Destination and Carrie Wolfgang, to more than 200 children with our SPROUTs program; and we’ve expanded our partnerships with groups like the Small Business Development Center and Jamestown Pride to create community-based programs with impact.
The market attributes growth and success to its community partners and sponsors. A collaboration with The Chautauqua Center, a mobile marketplace site, continued a “Veggie Rx” program, connecting healthcare providers with their patients by offering ‘prescriptions’ for vouchers that could then be redeemed for fresh fruit or vegetables. 63 patients were referred via the program in 2021.
Additional sponsors and supporters for the 2021 market season include: Mikey’s Nursery; The Resource Center; Conservation of the Chautauqua watershed; Community Foundation of the Chautauqua region; Jamestown Renaissance Society; Agricultural financing East; Whiz N Smash; the Sheldon Foundation and the Field and Fork Network.
To learn more about the Jamestown Public Market or to donate to their programs, visit jtownpublicmarket.org