HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - The idea first sprouted last summer. After visiting various farmers' markets throughout the city, Kerri-Noelle Humphrey noticed a need for better access to locally grown fruits and vegetables in north Huntsville.
"When you look in a five or six mile radius, there's really not another farmers' market that's flourishing," she said.
She said she worked with her church, Lakeside United Methodist, throughout the winter to cultivate the idea.
"We wanted to find a creative way to serve people."
The Lakeside Farmers' Market officially opened for business Tuesday. It features farmers from throughout the Tennessee Valley, which provides patrons the chance to talk face-to-face with those growing what they eat.
"This is an opportunity, get to know your farmer, get to know your food," said Humphrey.
Madison County boasts at least a dozen farmers' markets, but until the Lakeside Farmers' Market, none of them truly served the north Huntsville community.
"This is just another way of exposing the people to good things that are good for them," said Madison County Commissioner Bob Harrison.
He said that with better access comes healthier food options for local families, along with increased financial support for local farmers.
"It has social impact. It has economic impact. It has community unity impact. And it just makes you drool walking over and looking at it."
The Lakeside Farmers' Market will take place at the church, located at 3738 Meridian Street North, every Tuesday from June 2 through August 4. The hours are 4:00-7:00 p.m. The church will use the profits from the booth rentals to purchase food for its food pantry, which helps provide free meals to needy community members.