New Huntsville Farmers Market to Double as Habitat For Humanity Outreach Program

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - There'll soon be  a new farmers market in Huntsville, and this one has a special mission behind it.

Habitat on Pratt Farmers' Market will be run by Habitat for Humanity of Madison County as a community outreach program.

For more than 25 years, Habitat's mission has been the same: building homes and hope.

"A lot of people don't realize that Habitat has a retail division, but we do," explains Huntsville Habitat Executive Director Myra Sanderson. "It supports our administration costs for the affiliate which enables us to use every contribution dollar to go more toward building and our mission which is just a tremendous gift."

The new market will be open Mondays from 1-6 p.m. beginning June 2 and running through Aug. 4. The market will start out with about six or eight family farmers participating.

Many of those will be able to accept vouchers and EBT cards from food assistance programs like SNAP (Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program).

Market vendors will be all local and they'll sell a variety of fruits and vegetables, as well as jams, jellies and other products.

At the end of the day, all leftover food will be donated to a local food shelter.

Plans for special events, including chef demonstrations and live music, are in the works. The public is invited to stay updated through the Habitat on Pratt Farmers' Market Facebook page.


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