The Fresh MARTA Market is a farm stand that takes place in five MARTA stations. The Markets are located with the Bankhead, West End, Five Points, College Park, and H.E. Holmes MARTA Stations, serve multiple areas with limited food access. Each stand operates one-day per week, providing fresh produce to MARTA customers from Tuesday to Friday at a different station each day. The goal is simple: help get healthy, fresh food into places where people already are.
This innovative food access solution is a partnership between MARTA and the Community Farmers Markets, GA Food Oasis-Atlanta, Atlanta Community Food Bank, and Organix Matters. The Fresh MARTA Market sources locally grown produce from members of the Southwest Atlanta Growers Cooperative and farmers affiliated with Community Farmers Markets, as well as several local food hubs. This gives local farmers the opportunity to sell more produce to consumers that might not otherwise make it to a farmers market. This produce is complemented by non-local produce so that Fresh MARTA Market patrons can do a large amount of their fresh food shopping on their way to or from home.
The markets accept cash, credit and debit, as well as EBT/SNAP. SNAP is doubled at the market, meaning that $5 swiped is worth $10 to spend.