East Waco Farmers Market supplies well being choices in meals desert

The East Waco Farmers Market runs on Elm Avenue through October and is open Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WACO, Texas – As construction on Elm Avenue in Waco continues to boom, local farmers and gardeners are helping fight hunger, poverty and food insecurity.

Cynthia Lyons is a farmer at Victory Oasis Farm and Ranch. She drives from Hill County to East Waco three days a week.

“I think the people who live here need to be aware, and just to let them know, that there are other options for eating than fast food and fried foods,” Lyons said. “We can bring a variety of fruits and vegetables that are good for you.”

New apartments are emerging and new businesses are moving to the area, but there is still no grocery store near Elm Avenue. In June, the National Women in Agriculture Association launched the East Waco Farmers Market to help families eat the right vegetables and fruits.

“The USDA calls this neighborhood a food wasteland because there is no nearby grocery store for the neighbors,” said Kay Bell, president of the National Women in Agriculture Association. “It’s important that we put this farmers market here so that people have access to fresh local produce without having to travel that far and take the bus just to buy fresh fruit and vegetables.”

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, food deserts are areas where people have limited access to a variety of healthy and affordable foods, and East Waco has high numbers of vehicle-free households that are more than half a mile from a supermarket are away.

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“I’m just thrilled to know we’re making a positive impact in the community,” said Bell. “We hope for a revolution: people want to grow their own garden and also eat more local fresh products.

The East Waco Farmers Market runs on Elm Avenue through October and is open Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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