Public Health Farmers' Market
The College of Public Health partners annually with Columbus Public Health and the Ohio Department of Agriculture to offer a summertime farmers' market in downtown Columbus. The market is held one day a week for three weeks on the front lawn of Columbus Public Health, 240 Parsons Ave.
Ohio farmers offer fresh fruits and vegetables, providing nutritious food options to residents of Columbus' downtown and East Side neighborhoods, areas known for having limited access to grocery stores.
Vendors accept the Ohio Direction Card, which can be used like a debit card to purchase tokens at a special booth at the market. Tokens can be spent like cash and can be used during all three market days.
Vendors also welcome WIC participants, who bring their WIC ID cards in order to pick up vouchers. The WIC program is intended for low-income, pregnant women; breastfeeding women; and infants and children under the age of 5.
With the help of 21 volunteers and 120 hours of time, CPH was able to support the 2012 Farmers’ Markets through T-shirt and water supply sponsorship. The college distributed water in cups rather than bottled water in an effort to reduce waste.
Volunteer assistance made it possible to serve 5,691 people in 2012, issue 3,831 WIC vouchers, and provide $3,317 in fresh produce to 229 Ohio Direction Card customers.
To donate to a fund that supports the Public Health Farmers' Market, click here.