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.

The College of Public Health supports the Farmers’ Markets by providing volunteers,  t-shirts and water. Through everyone’s good efforts we were able to serve 5827 market participants with 3834 WIC Program vouchers. Additionally, we were able to process $5522 for our SNAP food stamp clients. That’s amazing fresh produce buying power for low income clients and an immediate return for the participating local farmers. By putting fresh fruits and vegetables in the hands of thousands of families we have underlined the key public health messages about good nutrition, healthier diets, and improved food access.

To donate to the Public Health Farmers' Market fund, click here.


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