Affordable produce just arrived in two Denver neighborhoods that do not have easy access to fresh fruits and vegetables.
Farm stands will set up in Sun Valley and Montbello neighborhoods on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from now until October as part of an annual partnership between Denver Human Services and Denver Botanic Gardens.
The produce is grown at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms. The program started in 2015 to provide access to neighborhoods identified with limited access to fresh food, or areas considered “food deserts,” according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
This year, Denver Human Services introduced a fourth location at the Wellington E. Webb Municipal Office Building.
Food stands are open weekly at the following times and locations:
Mondays – DHS Richard T. Castro Building, 1200 Federal Blvd. – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Wednesdays – Wellington E. Webb Office Building, 201 E. Colfax Ave. – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Fridays – DHS Arie P. Taylor Montbello Office, 4685 Peoria St. – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturdays – Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop St. – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The produce will be sold at a reduced price. Customers can use SNAP food assistance program benefits card to qualify for additional discounts, including the Double Up Food Bucks Colorado incentive, which allows customers to get twice as much food for the same price.
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Veterans helped grow the produce at the Denver Botanic Gardens as part of the Veterans to Farmers Program. The farm stands also have organic fruit from the Western Slope.
“Supporting overall well-being for all Denver residents starts with the foods we eat, but in some areas of our city, fresh fruits and vegetables can be difficult to access,” Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said in a statement.
The farm stand garden contributed 10,000 pounds of food in 2016.
Source:: The Denver Post – Lifestyle