Working to make healthy living easier where Marion County residents live, work, worship and play, Measure Up Marion has partnered with Marion Oaks Farmers Market to highlight the importance of eating fresh fruits and vegetables and improve access to the markets through their acceptance of all types of payment, including SNAP. The newest member of the North Florida farmers market community, Marion Oaks Farmers Market, will launch on Friday, August 4th from 9am to 2pm at Hebron Evangelical Church, 125 Marion Oaks Trail in the Marion Oaks community of Ocala, Florida. Marion Oaks Farmers Market is a new place for local farmers, food entrepreneurs and others to share their products and services to the community.
The market will operate one day per month on August 4th and September 1st, and then increase to weekly market days beginning October 6th. Vendors will be provided free rent for August and September. August 4th market day will feature a Health Fair bringing together many of Marion County’s health service providers. September 1st market will feature a Chef Demonstration highlighting healthy, affordable and easy to prepare food options.
Marion Oaks Farmers Market will offer credit, debit and SNAP access to market customers. These efforts will expand sales for local farmers and increase the ability of Marion County residents to buy locally grown food.
More than 29 million people in the United States have diabetes, up from the previous estimate of 26 million in 2010, according to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One in four people with diabetes doesn’t know he or she has it. To reverse this trend, a dedicated group of citizens in the Marion Oaks area of Marion County have been working to develop programs for area residents. The creation of a community farmers market is part of that effort.
Hebron Evangelical Church is working with Measure Up Marion, Dynamic Therapy and Wellness Services, Inc. and its partners Deliverance Outreach Ministries of Ocala (DOM), Community IT/ MyHealthStory, Estella Bryd Whitman, New Wind Investment, LLC, other local businesses and more than 20 additional faith-based organizations to improve health and wellness in the community. These organizations are working together to bring community based chronic diseases programs that increase awareness and participation in Diabetes and Obesity prevention through the “Dynamic InSPIRE and EMPOWER for a Wellness in a Healthy Community” program.
Measure Up Marion, is a coalition of community organizations and health advocates coordinated by Heart of Florida Health Center, and funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The Marion Oaks Farmers Market opens Friday, August 4th from 9am to 2pm at 125 Marion Oaks Trail, Ocala. For more information, us on Facebook, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 347.524.1647 or 352.342.1400.