Farmer's Market Aims to Turn Food Desert Into Food Oasis

Aug 22, 2014

Young volunteers grow and sell fresh produce at the McCormick Farmer's Market in Fort Wayne.
Credit Courtesy / HEAL

The newly opened McCormick Farmer's Market, at the corner of McCormick and Edsall Avenues in Fort Wayne, aims to turn a food desert into a food oasis by providing a source for fresh produce and great community interaction every Wednesday evening. 

The St. Joseph Community Health Foundation and Parkview Health are funding the project, while the produce itself comes mostly from community gardens, located at the nearby Slataper Street Urban Farm. 

Participants include teenagers from the Boys and Girls Club under the direction of Gonzalee Martin, founder of Growth in Agriculture Through Education, or GATE. He says the young volunteers are quick studies in the outdoor arts, and they're making a difference.

"It’s more than just raising vegetables," Martin says. "They’re beginning to have an appreciation for what they’re doing, because they can see the benefits of it."

Always eager to taste something new, WBOI's Julia Meek met with Martin and Community Intitiative Manager Loaine Hagerty to find out just how their new project is growing.