You can walk, bike or hop (why not?) to your favorite yoga class, circuit workout, brunch/lunch/dinner spot or coffee shop. Grab fresh flowers while heading out for a facial or a pedicure, then pick up a bottle of italian wine and gourmet cheese on your way home, and never have to search for parking, or deal with traffic (because really, WHO needs traffic?).
You’ve got shopping at MacArthur Center, inside Monticello Arcade, and all along Granby Street. You’ve got your favorite wine bar, just a block away. You’ve got palatial digs. And a real, modern, functional (and tres chic!) kitchen to cook your favorite vittles in. And now?
YOU’VE GOT AN AMAZING DOWNTOWN FARM MARKET.
And, guys, it’s not just any farm market. It’s a seriously progressive partnership between Five Points Community Farm Market and Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church to bring fresh fruits, vegetables, baked goods, homemade salsas, fresh flowers and more to the downtown community with 100% of the profits being directed into the in-need Tidewater Gardens community.
The bounty they bring out each week is substantial and exciting, and in addition to fresh fruit, veggies and flowers includes local honey, breads and pastries, gluten-free goodies, fresh coffee, a food truck and local artistry. The market is located at 201 St. Paul’s Boulevard, across from Nordstrom at MacArthur Center and runs every Saturday, rain or shine, from 9 am to Noon.
It’s a bonus for ambitious cooks looking to stay fresh, seasonal and local, but it’s so much more than that. It’s a major give back to a community in great need of healthy, nutritious food.
The greater percentage of the Tidewater Gardens population is made up of women and children, with the average age of a Tidewater Gardens resident being 10 years old. This community lacks access to a large grocery store and, as a result, fresh fruits and vegetables. The downtown farm market uses their proceeds to send the Five Points Community Market’s “mobile market” into the Tidewater Gardens neighborhood each week, providing them with vouchers to be used to purchase fresh and local produce.
If you’re wondering how to spend your Saturday in your neighborhood, surrounded by fresh, local food in support of local farmers and entrepreneurs AND a community in need, WELL, NOW YOU KNOW.
Head out this Saturday from 9 am to noon, and bring a friend! Your belly, your community and your karmic bank will be rewarded greatly.