Winterville farmers market uses partnerships to make produce accessible

Lydia Engelsen stands behind her booth, chatting and laughing with patrons at the Marigold Market in Winterville, Georgia, on Oct.  2, 2021.

Lydia Engelsen walked under the oaks of Pittard Park and pulled out eggs, green beans and jams from her boxes, writing their names and prices on small chalkboards.

Engelson is a certified organically grown farmer from Danielsville, Georgia. She made a weekly trek with her produce to Marigold Market, a small farmers market located in Winterville, over 33 weeks in 2021.

The market, which provides produce, baked goods and crafts, grew from a few vendors on its opening day on May 1, 2021, to more than 20 vendors, said Sherri Anderson, the market manager.

But Marigold Market, which opened in early April for the 2022 season, is part of something bigger.

Marigold Market partners with Wholesome Wave Georgia, an Atlanta-based nonprofit working to combat food insecurity, childhood and adult obesity, and diet-related illnesses by bringing fresh produce into communities through its Georgia Fresh for Less program.

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