Mobile Farmers Markets for Food Deserts

As part of my public finance course course for public administrators, we have been looking at the problem of food deserts in Baltimore. There was an interesting story on Marketplace on Tuesday about how Dayton is building a farmer’s market at a bus stop in order to reach more people.

In Dayton, taking fresh food to the bus stop

Recent research has shown that even if people have access to higher quality food, they won’t necessarily purchase it. Dayton is expanding on the idea by bringing courses on cooking into these neighborhoods. I am not sure that will work, but I wish them luck.

My class has taken a slightly different approach. They have proposed a mobile farmers market that can move from point to point within the city of Baltimore, to improve reach. Dayton’s understanding that expanding access is not sufficient is correct, but we are quite happy to have a solution that can vastly expand access.

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