Get Healthy Camden is teaming up with Virtua Health Systems to provide a mobile farmers market for Camden and Burlington counties’ residents this summer as part of Connect the Lots. Now in its third year, Connect the Lots is a community-driven initiative that utilizes underused and vacant spaces in the city for healthy, fun, and safe activities for residents.
Starting on June 29 through September, the Mobile Market will set up shop every Thursday at Roosevelt Plaza Park. Open from 11 am to 1 pm, Camden residents will have access to a fun atmosphere with live music and fresh produce from Whole Foods. “We’re incredibly excited to partner with Virtua in providing residents access to fresh, healthy produce and continue building a culture of health in our city,” said Val Galarza, senior project director for Cooper’s Ferry and Get Healthy Camden. The Mobile Market will sell produce at a reduced cost and will also accept SNAP benefits. Price-fixed produce bags will be sold in three different sizes for customers to purchase and fill with healthy, fresh foods.
Virtua officially kicked off the Mobile Market on April 29, where the public could come and see the 23-foot vehicle, win giveaways, and listen to live entertainment. Virtua also hosted a healthy cook-off featuring five well-known participants, including NJ Dept of Health Commissioner Cathleen Bennett, who made healthy dishes that featured produce as the main ingredient. Each dish was analyzed by a panel of young judges (ages 7-15) and the winner, former 76ers star World B. Free, took home the ‘Golden Spatula’ trophy.
For more information about the mobile market, please visit the Mobile Market page on Virtua’s website. To keep up with the Connect the Lots schedule, please visit http://www.connectthelotscamden.com/.