Nova Scotia

Mobile Food Market attracts more shoppers than expected

A farmers market on wheels is selling four times more food than originally expected as it travels to parts of Halifax known as "food deserts."

'It's a great problem to have,' says coordinator Julia Kemp of market popularity

The Mobile Food Market has turned a Halifax Transit bus into a place to buy fruit and vegetables. (Passage Studio)

A farmers market on wheels is selling four times more food than originally expected as it travels to parts of Halifax known as "food deserts."

The Mobile Food Market, based in a Halifax Transit bus, visits East and North Preston one weekend, and then north-end Halifax, Fairview and Spryfield the next. 

During its first run in early May, the group "sold out pretty much immediately," said coordinator Julia Kemp on Saturday.

"It's a great problem to have."

The Mobile Food Market is selling out of fresh vegetables on its weekend trips around the Halifax area, organizers say. (Shutterstock)

Get outside and connect

For the second week, the group doubled its food order — and then sold out again. It doubled the orders again this week and exceeded the capacity of the bus. So they rented a truck to re-fill the bus midday, Kemp said. 

"It's being really well received," she said.

"It's not only about the access to the foods, but it's also just an opportunity for people to get outside, connect with their neighbours."

This week, Kemp said they had the "perfect amount" of produce. They didn't sell out, but had very little left over at the end of the day. 

The bus will visit the communities on alternating weeks until October 1. The communities are known as "food deserts" because people in them find it hard to easily get to a grocery store. 

With files from Melissa Friedman

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