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Jul 14, 2015

Mobile Market Launches at South Valley Health Commons


On the first day, the market sold out of squash and jalapeños, and also offered onions, garlic, rainbow chard, leeks, beets, carrots, turnips, salad mix and basil. Everything was picked fresh the day before, providing access to the highest quality produce at prices that can't be beat. The market accepts cash, credit, and debit cards and has applied for permission to accept food stamps (EBT cards).
Customers register once for the Mobile Market and get to taste some of the food that is being sold, prepared by The Streetfood Institute, which is a food truck that prepares CNM Culinary Art students to work in and run food trucks. Customers who register will be invited to additional healthy activities and events.


The goal is to increase access to healthy food in the South Valley, where rates of diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity are higher than other parts of Bernalillo County. Doctors, dentists and nutritionists at First Choice's South Valley Health Center promote healthy eating and refer patients and clients to the Mobile Market.
The project is sponsored by Presbyterian Healthcare Services, Bernalillo County Office of Health and Social Services, the Agri-Cultura Network, La Cosecha Community-Supported Agriculture, Adelante Development Center, The Storehouse pantry, the Street Food Institute with support from several funders, including the CDC, BUILD Health Challenge and Presbyterian.
First Choice is a federally-qualified health center system and is one of the largest providers of primary care in Central New Mexico, providing primary medical, dental, behavioral health care and WIC to 58,000 New Mexicans each year, regardless of income or insurance status. Learn more at fcch.com.
Funding for this project was made possible (in part) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The views expressed in written project materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.