TYLER, TX – April 29, 2014 – The East Texas Community Food Coalition is proud to announce two new locations for the Rose City Farmers Market. Beginning May 3, the market will be sharing a space with Juls Restaurant, located at 7212 Old Jacksonville Hwy., every Tuesday and Saturday. Beginning May 8, the market will be located at 723 N. Broadway Ave., in the Salvation Army parking lot, every Thursday. Both markets will run through November.
The market at Juls will be open every Tuesday and Saturday from 8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Members of the open-air market will offer freshly picked fruits and vegetables, local honey, free-range eggs, grass-fed beef and pastured chicken, locally roasted and brewed coffee, and hand-crafted art. Vendors will also be selling a variety of baked goods, jams and jellies, pickles, canned goods, as well as nut and fruit butters.
The market at the Salvation Army will be open every Thursday from 8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Members at this location will be selling freshly picked fruits and vegetables, baked goods, free-range eggs, and other seasonal offerings. Situated on the edge of one of Tyler’s four food deserts, this location is poised to make a direct and substantial impact on the community and will improve access to fresh, nutritious food.
Founder of the East Texas Community Food Coalition, Carmen Sosa also serves as Market Director. She says the goal of the Rose City Farmers Market is to “provide our community with a fun, family-friendly place to buy fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables and to support our local farmers, food artisans, and artists.”
According to Juls’ owner Jay Schulz, “Juls is very excited to be partnering with the Rose City Farmers Market and promoting locally raised and produced products. We enjoy being able to help our local community and are looking forward to tapping into our new local connections to provide the freshest products possible in our restaurant.”
The partnership with Juls is a boon for the local food movement Ms. Sosa is working to strengthen. Juls’ Executive Chef, Philipp Norsetter, has a rich history in promoting farm-to-fork menus at his restaurants. He is planning to conduct food demonstrations and provide other local food-centric opportunities so the community can learn how to prepare simple, delicious meals using local and seasonal ingredients.
Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers for WIC participants will be accepted again this year. The amount of each voucher has increased from $20 to $30, and the program has been extended through November. The market will also be accepting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, also known as the Lone Star card. This is the first year a farmers market in Tyler has been approved to accept both of these nutrition assistance programs. Ms. Sosa said, “This is a true testament to the many volunteers, sponsors, and supporters it has taken to help bring such a well-organized market to our community. Offering both programs goes a long way towards food sovereignty in our city.”
The mission of the East Texas Community Food Coalition is to encourage good health through better access to fresh and delicious food, and to support sustainable agriculture, community place-making, and the local economy. If you are interested in participating at the Rose City Farmers Market as an artist, musician, or volunteer, please use the contact form at www.foodcoalition.org or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to participate as a member, please apply at www.managemymarket.com.