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Food Works Mobile Farmers Market

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Date(s) - 06/06/2024 - 08/31/2024
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Food Works Mobile Farmers Market Opens Thursday, June 6th, 2024.
(Carbondale, IL) The Food Works Mobile Farmers Market is excited to announce opening day on
Thursday, June 6th! This “farmers market on wheels” will begin operations with four consistent market
locations and hours every week from June through October. Every Thursday, look for the Mobile Farmers
Market truck at the Carterville Farm Fresh from 3:00-5:00 pm and then at the Marion Carnegie Library
from 5:30-7:30 pm, (June through October). The following week Food Works will launch the additional two
markets occurring every Friday: Herrin House of Hope from 10:00 am-12:00 pm and the Boyton Street
Community Center from 1:00-3:00 pm.
The Food Works Mobile Farmers Market has the mission to bring local, fresh, and sustainably
grown food to all of southern Illinois. This specially designed 16-foot box truck is equipped with a
refrigeration system to safely transport and store food at proper temperatures, as well as a hand washing
sink, storage for dried goods, and lighting. When the vehicle arrives at each market location, the side of
the vehicle opens up to create a display area where customers can walk up and shop.
As a local food producer-only market, everything for sale is grown, cooked, baked, or made by
local regional farmers. Offerings will include a wide range of sustainably grown
vegetables, fruits, grass-fed meats, yogurt, eggs, ice cream, infused olive oils, fresh breads and baked
goods, herbs, fresh mushrooms, syrups, local honey, hot sauces, and a variety of other goods. The
Mobile Market team is working closely with the farmer’s cooperative, LEAF (Little Egypt Alliance of
Farmers) and other regional producers to source food for the truck.
Market patrons are welcome to order in advance on the LEAF website and pick up their shares at
any Mobile Farmers Market Location! We are also excited to offer a weekly take-home “What’s for Dinner
Tonight?” Meal Kit with suggested ingredients and a recipe card every week, as well as occasional live
cooking demos that feature produce and products available at our market.
This market welcomes SNAP customers with the Link Match double
coupon program. Customers who receive SNAP benefits can use their LINK/EBT card to purchase SNAP
eligible foods at the market, and the Link Match program matches these purchases dollar-for-dollar with
vouchers to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables at the market.
The Mobile Farmers Market is a program of Food Works, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization
facilitating the development of a regional food economy in Southern Illinois. We believe that a truly
enduring approach emphasizes access to good food for everyone, which keeps food dollars circulating in
local communities, and balances human needs with the health of the air, water and land resources on
which all life depends.
Please reach out to Ellen Esling, Food Works Farmers Market Manager if you have any questions:
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