The Farm Fresh Market brings fresh produce to a single place in town each weekend but it was formed with an eye toward more than just a healthy diet.
The John Rex Endowment grant that is supporting the first-year market takes aim at all aspect of health for children and families. It’s the same grant that is helping fund the development of a greenway master plan for Zebulon.
“The goals of the market are healthier living through physical activity and healthy eating,” said Maurine Brown, the market’s manager.
The market has lived up to its mission since its debut in May, partnering with organizations including Advocates for Health in Action, the Poe Center for Health Education and Wake County Human Services on healthy programs before.
This Saturday, though, the market plans to turn its push for general health up a notch. Both Shepherd’s Care Medical Clinic and the Poe Center are scheduled to join forces with the market during its regular hours of 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Zebulon Community Center.
“We’ve had demonstrations on healthy living and eating before, but this is probably the biggest weekend for really promoting a healthy lifestyle,” Brown said.
Shepherd’s Care, a free medical clinic in Zebulon that serves the uninsured, will hold a health fair like it has in recent years at the community center.
The fair happened to fall on the same day as the new market, creating a good opportunity for the two groups to achieve some of their mutual goals.
“Our goal is we want people to become healthier, to help people know what is available and at this health fair they will be able to get exactly what they would be able to get at a routine doctor’s office visit,” said Leona Doner, the executive director of Shepherd’s Care. “Anybody who doesn’t have a provider will be referred to us, so this will be a chance for us to connect with people who don’t know we are here.”
The fair will include stations for checking blood pressure, body mass index, blood sugar and cholesterol. It will also have counseling, vision and hearing testing and even massages.
“If we can do some screenings at least people can find out where they are health-wise and do some prevention,” Brown said, “and studies have shown that farmers’ markets are one of the No. 1 ways to increase healthy eating habits.”
The Poe Center will offer its nutritional cooking class “Go For It,” to a limited number of people. The class returns to Zebulon Sept. 12 and 26.
The Zebulon Farm Fresh Market is open Saturdays through Oct. 10 at the Zebulon Community Center, 301 S. Arendell Ave.
The market accepts Electronic Benefit Transfer cards and provides a dollar-per-dollar match for up to $25 for EBT card-using patrons.