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New Farmers’ Market in SE Raleigh This Summer

 summer produceA new farmer’s market, featuring fresh local products, is planned to begin operating in southeast Raleigh this summer. The market is being developed in response to a need generated by the recent closing of two supermarkets in southeast Raleigh.

Financial support to help offset the project’s start-up costs was approved by the Raleigh City Council on May 7. The $15,000 donation will come from Council’s Fiscal Year 2013 contingency fund.

Products are scheduled to be provided by members of a local nonprofit comprised of African-Americans and other farmers with limited resources. The location and start date of the market will be announced later.

The organizing effort was spearheaded by Raleigh City Council Member Eugene Weeks; Wallace O. Green, Raleigh Area Development Authority and Marrkens Development Center. The project will be managed by Marrkens Development Center; a local organization launched in 2009 by Margaret Rose Murray, to improve the health and well-being of the community and to provide job training.

For more information, contact Marrkens Development Center, 919-834-2206.

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