City of Tuscaloosa to Launch Pop-Up Farmer's Market
The Tuscaloosa Farmers Market, run by the City of Tuscaloosa, is launching a mobile “Pop-Up” Farmers Market beginning on Monday, July 13. The Pop-Up Market will bring fresh, local produce to different neighborhoods around the City every weekday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The schedule for the Pop-Up Markets is:
- Mondays: McDonald Hughes Community Center, 3101 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
- Tuesdays: Harmon Park, 2901 Greensboro Ave.
- Wednesdays: Annette N. Shelby Park, 1614 15th St.
- Thursdays: McAbee Activity Center, 3901 Loop Road
- Fridays: The Gateway Innovation and Discovery Center, 2614 University Blvd. E.
The funding for the Pop-Up Market program was awarded to the City through a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service. The market will support 70 direct vendors and will be anchored around three local farms: Belle Meadow, Norris and Hale farms.
“Our team was so excited to be awarded the USDA grant to expand the Tuscaloosa Farmers Market,” City Venues Operations Manager Alexis Clark says. “The River Market is a great central location that will continue to provide fresh fruits and vegetables on Saturdays, but having these additional Pop-Up Markets around the city Monday through Friday will make local produce even more accessible to our citizens.”
Like the Saturday markets, the Pop-Up markets will accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Women, Infants, & Children (WIC) & Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) payments.
“I believe that everyone deserves access to fresh, healthy food,” Mayor Walt Maddox says. “We are very pleased to have this opportunity to expand accessibility to the Farmer’s Market throughout our City and to continue to grow our support of local farmers.”
The Pop-Up Market is expected to operate on this daily schedule through September, weather permitting. For questions, please call Tuscaloosa 311.