The Champaign Farmers Market, which kicks off May 14, is the local, mid-week market in the heart of downtown Champaign, where residents and visitors can stock up on fresh produce, locally-raised meat and eggs, locally roasted coffee, bread, baked goods, teas, jams & jellies. Everything at the market was grown or produced within 150 miles of the market.
Please share four talking points or subjects you would like included in the interview. (NOTE: These should be “big picture” points that give context to the interview).
1: The market is really for everyone. Kid’s programming, double-SNAP & LINK benefits every week, educational days (garden day, pet day, alternate transportation day, etc.), mobile clinic visits, business and community tents, and a true community atmosphere.
2: The market is the perfect place to stock up on local products mid-week, especially if you forgot something at the Urbana market on Saturday, or if you prefer shopping on Tuesdays because on Saturdays you want to spend at home with family, you’re working, or you just want to be at home relaxing.
3: The focus of the market is access. North Champaign is a huge food desert, and with limited access to fresh produce of any kind it is an important asset to the community – that is why we do so much work on promoting SNAP/LINK matching. Also provides farmers with access to new markets and customers that they wouldn’t get if they were just at the Urbana market.
4: There are a lot of resources available to people who have never been to a market before, or don’t know what to do with various vegetables.