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Farmers’ markets bring bounty to urban food deserts

In Peter Schworm’s article “An urban breakthrough” (Metro, Aug. 10), he highlights the farmers’ market at City Hall and the convenient access for commuters to fresh produce. I want to expand on his point that there are numerous markets every week in Boston’s neighborhoods, many of which can be called food deserts because of the lack of convenient access to affordable, healthy food.

For example, in Dorchester’s Codman Square, the neighborhood association and its BOLD Teens organization operate a weekly market. It not only gives residents access to fresh vegetables and fruits, but also provides an opportunity for teens to learn job skills and learn more about proper nutrition.

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In addition, at farmers’ markets the Bounty Bucks program increases the value of food stamp benefits for those on limited incomes. The market also is a gathering spot and has a picnic area where people socialize each week. This is happening all over the city and is an important contribution to improving the health and quality of life for all Bostonians.

David Aronstein

Director

Boston Alliance for

Community Health

Boston

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