Chances are, if you're reading this, there's a market selling organic produce just a short walk or car ride away. Don't take this for granted: Millions of Americans live in "food deserts" where access to fruits, vegetables and other healthy diet options just don't exist. Put another way: Imagine if your only supermarket was the 7-11 and you had no car. What do you feed your family?
Cities across the country have attempted to address this problem, which afflicts 23.5 million, mostly low-income Americans, by establishing farmers' markets in affected areas. Now, organizers are taking a slightly different approach—by setting up shops at local bus stations and other public transit hubs. In the last eight months alone, four cities have launched pop-up-style farmers' markets:
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In Dayton, Ohio, shoppers can go to a new food source, called "The Market," which opened in September at Wright Stop Plaza, the main downtown transit center. Homeless people staff the shop, gaining employment experience, local farmers have a new place to sell their bounty, and visitors get vouchers for future purchases to offset costs. It's open four days a week.