Editor's note: A previous version of this blog post said Five Points Community Farm Market plans to open a downtown market in the St. Paul's Episcopal Church parking lot. The market is an initiative of St. Paul’s, in partnership with Five Points, which is supplying the produce and the vendors.
Five Points Community Farm Market, Norfolk’s largest farmers market, is helping to operate seasonal markets downtown and on the Eastern Virginia Medical School campus this spring.
St. Paul's Episcopal Church plans to launch a Downtown Farm Market from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays beginning May 3 in its parking lot, just outside MacArthur Center, in partnership with Five Points, which is supplying the produce and vendors. St. Paul's will use profits to purchase farm market coupons for distribution to residents of the nearby Tidewater Gardens public housing complex, according to a newsletter from Five Points.
Also on Saturdays, Five Points plans to take a mobile market to The Basilica of St. Mary parking lot on Chapel Street, giving nearby residents access to fresh produce without the need to cross busy St. Paul’s Boulevard, the market’s newsletter said. The mobile market will stop from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays at the EVMS campus.
A farmers market last operated downtown in 2007 when Five Points had a summertime location on MacArthur Center’s empty, grassy lot at Freemason Street and Monticello Avenue.
– Carolyn Shapiro
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