The Houston Health Department is once again making fresh fruits and vegetables more affordable with the launch of its eighth Get Moving Houston Farmers Markets season, which kicked off Wednesday. The 2019 markets will offer SNAP beneficiaries a dollar-for-dollar match up to $20 spent on fresh fruits and vegetables through the Urban Harvest Double Up Houston program.
This year, the season runs through Sept. 26. Markets are held twice weekly at seven multi-service centers across the city. Sites include the Acres Homes Multi-Service Center at 6719 W. Montgomery Rd., where produce will be available April 18, May 16, June 20, July 18, Aug. 15 and Sept. 19.
“These markets provide a mutual benefit to farmers, shoppers and local economies by allowing farmers to sell high-quality fresh fruits and vegetables directly to the community, meeting the area’s demand for fresh produce,” said Dr. Faith Foreman-Hays, head of the city health department’s Office of Chronic Disease, Health Education and Wellness.
Get Moving Houston Farmers Markets bring fresh fruits and vegetables to communities with low access, also known as food deserts. Since launching in 2011, the markets have benefited more than 20,000 underserved families and distributed more than 500,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables in Houston.
For more information about the markets, incentives and health programs, visit houstontx.gov/health/farmersmarkets or call 832-393-4054.