The Fresh MARTA Market is a pop-up farm stand that takes place in four MARTA train stations. One of the goals is to help farmers sell more produce while getting healthy, fresh food into places where people already are.
The Markets are located in the West End, H.E. Holmes, College Park, and Five Points MARTA Stations, serving multiple areas with limited fresh food access. Each stand operates one day per week, providing fresh produce at a different station each day from Tuesday to Friday.
This innovative food access solution is a partnership between Community Farmers Markets, Georgia Food Oasis - Atlanta, Atlanta Community Food Bank, Organix Matters, and Wholesome Wave Georgia. The Fresh MARTA Market sources locally grown produce from members of the Southwest Atlanta Growers Cooperative (SWAG) 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 shop at 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, debit, and EBT/SNAP. SNAP is doubled at the market, meaning that $5 swiped is worth $10 to spend.
The Value-Add Vendor application fee is $20.
If you are selected to be a vendor, you do not need to be on site at any Fresh MARTA Market for your product to sell. Fresh MARTA Market will purchase your Value-Added Products (VAP) at a wholesale or less than retail price, then resell your VAP to the Fresh MARTA Market customers.
The schedule for the 2017 season is as follows:
WEST END STATION – TUESDAYS: OPENING TUESDAY, MAY 2
680 Lee St SW, Atlanta, GA 30310
May 9 – November 28 (no market July 4)
H.E. HOLMES STATION – WEDNESDAYS: OPENING WEDNESDAY, MAY 24
70 Hamilton E Holmes Dr NW, Atlanta, GA, 30311
May 24 – November 29 (no market Nov 22)
COLLEGE PARK STATION – THURSDAYS: OPENING THURSDAY, MAY 25
3800 Main Street, College Park, GA 30337
May 25 – November 30 (no market Nov 23, Thanksgiving)
FIVE POINTS STATION – FRIDAYS: OPENING FRIDAY, MAY 12
30 Alabama St SW, Atlanta, GA, 30303
May 12 – December 1 (no market Nov 24)
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, with limited space available but are due at 5 pm on Sunday, April 16. All supplemental materials, including the application fee, must be received to consider the application complete. Partial applications will not be considered.