What: Produce Stand selling locally-grown products at St. Mary’s.
When: Every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. from April to December
Location: St. Mary’s Atrium Lobby, 1230 Baxter Street, Athens, Ga.
Who: St. Mary's Produce Stand is open to staff, patients, visitors and members of the general public. All are welcome.
How: The Produce Stand accepts Cash, Checks, Credit, Debit & EBT Cards.
What's available: Products offered at our Produce Stand change with the seasons. Our partner, Athens Land Trust, works with its member farmers to provide a wide assortment of products appropriate to the growing conditions at that time. Examples, depending on the season, include strawberries, blueberries, carrots, kale, squash, beans, potatoes, melons, tomatoes and zucchini. The stand also frequently offers locally grown eggs and processed products such as jams, bread, and honey.
Why: St. Mary's Produce Stand is a collaborative effort with The Athens Land Trust Farmer Outreach Program to improve access to fresh produce and support local agriculture. Research estimates that every $1 spent on locally grown foods circulates anywhere from $3-$7 through the local economy1 . Eating fresh produce is not only good for your health, it's good for local jobs!
Fresh produce is packed with vitamins and minerals that are vital for good health. Locally grown produce is especially healthful because it can be harvested just before going to market, eliminating the need for ripening in storage, extensive handling, and long distance shipping. Such immediate farm-to-table time minimizes loss of nutritional value while maximizing color, taste and texture.