More vendors working collectively together increases variety of produce, products, and possibilities of events and entertainment.
More options attract more customers. Creating a destination, an experience for community members to mingle and purchase from vendors who are committed to the markets well-being.
More customers attract more vendors (possibly even folks who hadn’t thought of becoming a vendor). This is a matter of livelihood for many and so part of determining which market to be a part of comes down to potential for income for the vendor.
A thriving market is an attraction for many young professionals and families when they consider where to grow roots and can offer a connecting point for them as they integrate into the community.
Accessing Healthy Options
Research supports that the presence of a strong farmers market increases the access for people of all economic backgrounds to purchase fresh produce. The ability to use a debit card and EBT card make it even more easy to grab and go!
Building a Welcoming Community
A market has the potential to be a public space where folks from all backgrounds can connect and build relationships; where organizations can feature how they are creating healthier environments to be enjoyed by others and increasing access to healthy living.
Often underestimated is the simple power of connection and how it impacts a community’s health. A thriving common market has the opportunity to engage people of all ages in learning more about living well and celebrating collectively area talents whether it be food grown, baked, artisan crafts or
music created purely for enjoyment!
Why it Matters
Energy is growing and momentum is increasing as community partners collaborate to support the development of a common market in Austin. Want to learn more? Visit http://mowerrefreshed.org/creating-a-common-market/ and consider how you might engage!
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