West Side farmers markets to open in late June

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To address the food desert dilemma on the West Side, Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently announced there will be four weekly farmers markets in Austin this summer.

The news comes after two summers of no farmers markets in Austin. In late spring 2010, the city canceled the one market that had been operating without explanation.

Here are more details about the four Austin markets, all of which begin in late June and will accept the LINK card:

  • The La Follette Park Farmers Market, one of five new farmers markets throughout the city, will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. every Wednesday from June 20 through Oct. 24. Vendors will be selling a variety of fresh produce and other farm stand items at 1333 N. Laramie.
  • Healing Temple Church market, 4941 W. Chicago Ave., will meet every Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. starting June 24 and ending Oct. 28. It will offer a wide variety of fresh produce, along with other services to help residents lead a healthier lifestyle.
  • The Columbus Park Farmers Market, at Harrison and Central, will be held every Tuesday from 1 to 7 p.m. June 26 through Oct. 30. In addition to vendors offering a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, free programs to help residents live a healthier lifestyle will take place from 2 to 6 p.m.
  • The Austin Town Center Farmers Market, at Lake and Central, will meet every Thursday from 1 to 7 p.m. starting June 28 and ending Oct. 25. Besides vendors offering a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, plants and baked goods, free programs will take place from 2 – 6 p.m.

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