New mobile farmers market the first of its kind in SLC

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - The city's first ever mobile farmer's market opened, Monday, and the unique fresh food fest is much more than just a place to buy groceries.

Not only will lower income populations now have better access to fresh, affordable food, they can walk through a mobile greenhouse and pick it up themselves.

"Many people that live over here don't even have a car," explained Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski.

Add to the equation minimal public transit options, very few grocery stores, and a lot of fast food, and the outcome equals what the US Department of Agriculture deems a 'food desert.'

"There are a lot of people in our valley who don't have access to the kind of produce they would like to buy," said Haley Eckels, Communications Director for Utah Community Action.

A recent study showed the west Salt Lake neighborhoods of Glendale and Poplar Grove have it worst.  Instead of telling residents to be healthy, a couple unique vendors are bringing healthy to them.

The Green Urban Lunchbox is one of those vendors.  The non-profit on wheels grows all of its products locally.

"We have 24 different locations, and I primarily work on an anchor plot that's dedicated to vegetables," explained Justin Walker, a gardener for the group.

Organizers of the mobile farmer's market say they have worked hard to make it happen, from winning federal grant money to coordinating the harvest.

"They've been planting since early spring, and they have a lot of great produce ready," Eckels said.

The food will be ready for customers Monday through Friday now through November 14th.  The Urban Greens Market does accept food stamp benefits and Double-up Food Bucks.

"You know, what I love is how unique it is, you know, and that we're thinking outside of the box to serve people," Biskupski said.

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