Fresh Stop Markets are “pop up” farm-fresh food markets set up at local churches, community centers, and the courtyards of local businesses in fresh food insecure neighborhoods.
The food has been paid for in advance so that farmers don’t face the same degree of risk as they do with a standard farmers’ market. People in the community describe Fresh Stop Markets as welcoming and happy—like a family reunion where all five senses are engaged and there is lots of laughter, food and fun!
Our Fresh Stop Markets are open to everyone and created, led, and sustained by community leaders. Most Fresh Stop Markets reserve 75 percent of all shares for those individuals and families identifying as having limited resources according to the WIC eligibility guidelines (185 percent of poverty or less). If your total family income is less than the amount listed in this table for your given number of family members, you are eligible for lower-cost shares:
All Fresh Stop operate on a sliding scale based on income. The scale is as follows:
Everyone gets the same exact food regardless of what is paid. No one is turned away for lack of resources. Click here to donate shares for those who have severely limited resources.
Although payment methods vary by the Fresh Stop Market, shares can typically be purchased with cash, credit/debit cards, or EBT/Food Stamps/SNAP Benefits (see each individual market's page for details). Produce shares are ordered one to two weeks in advance and are full of the bounty of Kentuckiana's seasonal produce. Each share is accompanied by a newsletter with recipes and information from our farmers. The first date to order and pay for your shares for the 2017 growing season will be in early May. We will have online ordering and the ability to call and place your order over the phone, and cash drop offs. Check back for more details as we get closer.
Fresh Stop Market leaders form teams, according to their individual strengths and passions. In 2018, the Market leaders will form into six different teams. Every Market is always looking for shareholders who want to step up into leadership roles. Our leaders love that they can express their passion for food justice in their own communities, or as allies with neighboring communities, and see the manifestation of their hard work with beautiful, abundant, affordable, local organic food for ALL. All descriptions are subject to change as leaders provide input and work to constantly improve our collective processes. Beginning in late March, there is leader to leader mentoring available through our Fresh Stop Training Institute.
Leader Roles at each Fresh Stop Market:
Behind the Scenes:
The Pop Up Day of Fun:
All of our 2018 Fresh Stop Market sites are beginning to organize!
To see further information about our Fresh Stop Markets, please choose a location below:
A typical "share" of 10 varieties of local, organic fruits and vegetables in August
Left: A youth volunteer works at the grand opening of the Shawnee Fresh Stop in 2010
Right: Community members kick off the Shawnee Fresh Stop season with the annual Strawberry Jamm Festival at Redeemer Lutheran Church.