The Forsyth Farmers’ Market (FFM), a local non-profit organization that seeks to promote a local food system in Savannah, looks forward to new changes and continual growth in the 2018 year. The first farmers market of 2018 will be Saturday, January 6th in Forsyth Park from 9:00am until 1:00pm. In addition to all of your old favorites, there will be three new vendors this year; C-Port Mushrooms, Olive Affairs, and The Tybee Island Bakery Featuring Miss Korea. Each year, the market continues to provide additional local entrepreneurs with a downtown venue to sell products while also retaining the standard 60/40 ratio of whole food vendors to prepared foods vendors. FFM will also launch new programs to be featured at the Saturday market; children’s programs the 1st weekend of every month, SNAP enrollment and renewal services on the 2nd weekend of every month, and adult education programs on the 3rd weekend of every month. The education programming will have activities geared toward agriculture, nutrition, health, and vendor engagement.
Jeb Bush, executive director of FFM states, “I am very excited for the 2018 season to begin. We are looking forward to working to connect all of our customers, young and not-so-young, to our local farmers who do so much to bring great fresh produce to the market weekly. Between new programs and new vendors, this going to be a great year for our farmers and for our customers to work on healthier eating and building relationships to strengthen our community.”
Outside of the farmers market, FFM will also provide nutrition education in selected community centers in 2018 with free six-week cooking courses. The new year will also bring forth new changes for the Farm Truck 912 program, a mobile farmers market that seeks to minimize physical and financial barriers to healthy food by selling local fruits and vegetables in Savannah neighborhoods. The farm truck will extend services to new neighborhoods and carry a larger variety of products. 2018 will bring new organizational changes and new opportunities for FFM to address food access issues and help to meet the food needs of Savannah’s residents.