Mobile Markets

first_imgThere’s nothing tastier than fresh greens or summer tomatoes from the neighborhood farmers market, but if you can’t make it to a market in metro Atlanta this summer, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension has you covered.Starting the week of June 5 and running through September, UGA Extension personnel in DeKalb and Fulton counties will hit the road with fresh vegetables and set up shop at community centers, churches and libraries in areas that are underserved by traditional supermarkets.In Fulton County, the Fulton Fresh Mobile Market — the original mobile produce market in metro Atlanta — will be back on the road again after a one-summer hiatus. “We’re extremely excited to visit and distribute locally grown, fresh produce in 12 communities this summer,” said Von Baker, Fulton County Extension coordinator.”We realized this was a service that our citizens needed around Fulton County, and we’re pleased to get our Fulton Fresh Mobile Market back on the road for the seventh season.”As it has in the past, the Fulton Fresh truck will crisscross the county, providing neighborhood healthy cooking classes and bags of in-season produce for residents to use to recreate the meals covered in the cooking demonstration. UGA Extension and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) educators use the “Food Talk: Farmers Market” curriculum, and each demonstration includes short, stand-alone lessons on nutrition and tactics for feeding a family on a budget.“We want residents to feel comfortable preparing the recipes that are being demonstrated in our classes at home,” said Kristen Sumpter, Fulton County Extension Family and Consumer Sciences agent. “Having a bag of fresh produce to take home encourages families to incorporate new ingredients and creative ways of preparing them, and that’s the first step in building healthier cooking habits.” This year the Fulton Fresh program will run from June 5 through Aug. 9. Visit the UGA Extension Fulton County Facebook page at www.facebook.com/UGAExtensionFultonCounty/ for a full Fulton Fresh schedule.Just a little further east, UGA Extension agents, volunteers and nutrition educators in the DeKalb County Extension office are also getting ready for market season with their Fresh on DeK bus. Fresh on DeK, DeKalb County’s Mobile Farmers Market begins its fourth season on June 5 and operates thru September 21, and it will provide a wide variety of affordable produce from their minty green bus. They’ll also be conducting nutrition lessons and recipe demonstrations for individuals at the market stops.The program is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and sponsored by UGA Extension, the DeKalb County Board of Health and the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners. “Each year we’ve the seen the number of people buying vegetables from our Fresh on Dek bus increase,” said Lynwood Blackmon, UGA Extension County Extension coordinator for DeKalb County.“We had about 500 people at our summer kickoff on May 19, and we’re excited to see the community’s enthusiasm for fresh vegetables grow as this summer’s market season gets underway.”The complete Fresh on DeK schedule is posted at www.freshondek.com.last_img read more

Panthers looking to build headquarters, practice facility in South Carolina, report says

first_img Rams headline 2019 NFL International Series home teams York County just beyond the North Carolina/South Carolina border is the location the team has in mind, according to the report.One location that’s being considered is an 80-acre site in Fort Mill, S.C., where the former Knights Stadium and Charlotte Hornets practice facility was. That location is just 15 miles away from Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. The purpose of building the new facilities is to find a site “large enough for its needs as well as development of neighboring hotels, restaurants, stores and residences.”It’s unclear whether training camp would move to York County. The Panthers currently practice at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C.While there have been rumors that the team could fully relocate to South Carolina, team owner David Tepper promised when he bought the franchise in July that he will keep the team in Charlotte. Related News The Panthers could be heading south of the border in the near future.No, the team won’t be relocating from Charlotte, N.C., but it wants to build its headquarters and a practice facility in South Carolina, according to The Post and Courier.last_img read more