White Rock Local Market (WRLM) expands to a second location and will open first and third Saturdays of the month at Lakeside Baptist Church on Garland Road. In its fifth year, the popular farmers market also operates on the second and fourth Saturdays at The Green Spot on North Buckner Boulevard. The first market of the season kicks-off Saturday, March 2 at Lakeside Baptist Church with Food Truck Day and live music. On March 9th , live music and chef demos will be featured at The Green Spot.
A vibrant celebration of community and neighborhood, WRLM strengthens the local food economy and creates awareness of the social, environmental, and health benefits of eating local foods. Artisans, farmers and ranchers are located within 150 miles. WRLM incubates and cultivates small businesses, several which have moved on to have storefronts.
“In the four years since we began, our customer base has significantly grown and we have increased the number of vendors, so partnering with another location became a realistic goal,” says Sarah Perry, Director of WRLM. “The market allows the community access to local healthy foods while increasing production and revenue for small farms and vendors.”
In addition to the market, WRLM provides Love Your Farmer volunteer days, cooking demos, Sprouting Healthy Kids – a hands-on gardening and nutrition after school program, continues the SNAP/Lone Star food stamp program and offers gardening, cooking, sustainability and nutrition workshops. In 2013 WRLM will start White Rock Local Garden.
White Rock Local Market is a 501 (c)(3) tax exempt organization sustained by contributions and memberships. Individual memberships for 2013, from Seeds ($25) to Beyond Organic ($1,000) and everywhere in between are on-sale now at www.whiterocklocalmarket.com. Membership benefits vary.
White Rock Local Market is open from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. from March 2 – December 8. The first and third Saturdays of the month markets will be located at Lakeside Baptist Church, 9051 Garland Road. Markets on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays at the Green Spot are located at 702 North Buckner Boulevard. For more information, event calendar, vendor listings and memberships go to www.whiterocklocalmarket.com.