Is Baltimore is known as a food desert? Lets find out by taking a look at the growth in urban agriculture as we speak with city farmers.
To find out more about areas across the U.S. that are defined as low income or have low access to fresh food use the “Food Access Research Atlas by clicking the link below:
Improving Access to Healthy Food
Food access is generally understood to describe the availability and accessibility of fresh food to maintain a healthy and nutritious lifestyle. At Real Food Farm, we strive to improve food access in Northeast Baltimore by focusing on three main concepts: pricing, proximity, and familiarity.
Our primary tool for tackling the first two concepts is our Mobile Farmers Market, which allows us to distribute our fresh produce to folks in the surrounding communities by setting up market stops or making home deliveries. We work with a handful of partners to think up creative ways to keep our produce affordable and to identify convenient market locations for neighborhood residents as ways to combat what are known as food deserts.*
But providing physical access to healthy food does not solve the issue in its entirety. We also want to increase familiarity with healthy foods and where they come from, thereby helping people incorporate more fruits and vegetables in their diet. To this end, our educational programming strives to connect people with their food by teaching them about nutrition, agriculture, and food systems.
*A food desert is a geographical area, generally with a low-income population, that lacks convenient access to grocery stores or supermarkets, and thus has limited availability of fresh food. Real Food Farm sits among of a couple Baltimore food deserts, as you can see on the map featured here. There is some debate surrounding the appropriateness of the term food desert, but it has definitely been effective in starting conversations about food access and food justice. Visit our FAQ page for more resources on the discourse around food deserts.
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READY SET EAT!!!
While strolling through Maryland’s largest producers-only market, shoppers can revel at the sight of a vast quantity of foods, including crisp seasonal fruits and vegetables, poultry, seafood, beef, pork, lamb, bison, goat, rabbit, fresh baked goods, flavorful herbs and organically raised and produced milk, yogurt, butter, eggs and cheese products. Additionally, dozens of food vendors add spice to the market with multicultural cuisine such as popular pit beef sandwiches, omelets and breakfast burritos, crepes, wood fired pizzas, pies and quiches, soups, noodles and dumplings. Vegan items are sold as well. Many of our farmers accept credit/debit, and Independence cards, and there is an ATM on site.