New Farmer’s Market brings fresh, local and healthy food to residents

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Emiliah Morrison had seen small roadside stalls around Orion selling fruit and vegetables here and there, but there had never been a permanent option for her community or her Orion Fitness Center customers to get healthy locally grown foods regularly. She recently decided to change that. “I decided to start a farmer’s market because I want to provide more healthy options to my customers and my community. I’m all about local support, so I want to help as many local farmers as possible.

The official opening of the new Orion Farmers Market is scheduled for Sunday, June 12, and Morrison intends to open the market on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. all summer and fall. “The market will be open until the end of the season, which is usually the end of October. My fitness center offered smaller-scale opportunities for customers to order healthy foods from a few local vendors and pick them up from me. I now offer it on a larger scale to my community. The market will be located at 14257 E. 200th Street at the Orion Fitness Center.

Current plans call for the market to sell fresh vegetables, fruit, meat and produce produced by local farmers. She also encourages artisans and other sellers of handmade items to contact the market to inquire about the space. “We are also still accepting applications for seasonal vendors and vendor drops. To become a supplier, you can contact us via social media messaging or email at [email protected]

In addition to growing the physical market and aligning vendors, Morrison is busy building online and social media presence. “We are on social media as Orion Farmers Market on Facebook and Instagram. We are still working on creating a website, which will help sellers to showcase and sell their products. Buying online is definitely a goal for us. The market is currently going through the process to be able to accept SNAP payments, to help even more residents buy healthy food. “We are in the process of supporting the SNAP program but have not yet received the equipment to facilitate it.”

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