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Riverfront Park hosts first-time farmers' market

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Riverfront Park is hosting a farmers' market for the first time in 2016. Riverfront Park is hosting a farmers' market for the first time in 2016.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

You can always tell summer's here when you start seeing all of the farmers' markets around town and there seem to be more. This year, Riverfront Park is hosting its own farmers' market for the first time.

Fred Meyer and his wife own Mama Torrez Salsa. They’ve been working at farmers' markets since 2009. It's been a busy business

“We started with one and now we do five different farmers' markets a week here in Spokane and I could do more but it's just my wife and I,” he says.

Part of the boom in farmers' markets in Spokane comes from a push for healthy eating. The Food Access Coalition here in Spokane commissioned a report that showed 78 percent of Spokane County residents didn't eat five or more servings of fruits or vegetables a day in 2009. The coalition is working to educate the community, especially to lower income neighborhoods, and for vendors, it seems like there is a change

“You can just see people, they come and they're buying their fresh greens, berries or cherries,” Meyer says.

It’s a trend toward eating fresh, healthy food.

“It’s always still about education, so it isn't just always about selling what we have,” Meyer says. “It's also about the education of fresh produce.”

The Riverfront Park farmers' market will run every Saturday from 9 am – 1 pm until September 3.

For a list of farmer’s markets: http://www.spokanecares.org/farmers-markets-spokane.php

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