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Mobile farmers market spreads access to locally grown food

The YMCA's Veggie Van travels throughout Grand Rapids Monday through Friday and sets up at a number of locations for people who have limited access to fresh produce.
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The Veggie Van, a mobile farmers market, is a year round program and the only one running in Grand Rapids. Their mission is to provide affordable produce in urban neighborhoods and to support local farmers. 

"We buy from anywhere from five to 15 local producers in a week," says Sara Vander Zanden, YMCA healthy living agriculture manager. "A few we're buying from right now are Ham Family Farm, Goens Produce and Grassfields Cheese." 

The Veggie Van is part of the YMCA's community outreach department, which aims to bring all of the access to health that the YMCA facilities have out to the community. 

April's schedule for the van is available to view on their website

They accept all types of payment, including SNAP, WIC, and Senior Project Fresh/Market FRESH benefits. 

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