Fresh Produce and Local Goods Available Beginning October 2nd
ORLANDO, Fla. (September 24, 2021) – 4Roots and Dr. Phillips Charities, in partnership, announce ‘The Packing District Farmers’ Market’ on Saturdays beginning October 2, 2021. Once the first phase of the 4Roots Farm Campus is open in the fall of 2022, the Market will relocate to its permanent home on the 4Roots Farm Campus (1599 North John Young Parkway, Orlando 32804).
Event Details: The Packing District Farmers’ Market
Date: Saturday, October 2, 2021
Location: Northwest corner of Orange Blossom Trail & Princeton St. (2310 N. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, 32804)
Participating Farmers: The Farmacy will feature produce from local farmers including Tomazin Farms, Frog Song Organics, Back Yard Farm Express, Do Good Farm, Brook Hollow Farm, Bekemeyer Family Farm, Urban Smart Farm, Ever Oak Farm, Sandhill Farms, Lake Meadow Naturals, Le Koope, Goats & Whatnot Farm, Black Bee Honey and Southern Honey Company
Other Vendors On-Site: Lineage Roasting, Cholo Dogs, Pick Me Up Flower Truck as well as hand crafted popsicles, homemade pasta and sauces, fresh bread and more!
The Farmers’ Market will be accepting cash, credit/debit and Apple Pay, along with SNAP/EBP and Fresh Access Bucks.
“We are excited to showcase the incredible variety of produce available from our Florida farmers. In addition to the economic and health benefits of buying locally grown produce, Farmers’ Markets serve to close the gap between where food is grown and where it is sold,” said John Rivers, Founder and CEO of 4Roots and 4Rivers. “It is a wonderful opportunity to bring fresh produce to communities where access is currently a challenge. The Packing District Farmers’ Market is one example of the many community-based ‘expressions’ we have planned to highlight the important work being done on the Farm Campus, including its many benefits to the community.”
“The 4Roots team has always shown passion and commitment to improving the health and wellness of our community. It is great to see them working alongside so many
local partners to create a market that benefits our residents and the surrounding neighbors,” said Ken Robinson, President/CEO of Dr. Phillips Charities.
In an effort to keep Orlando beautiful, The Packing District Farmers’ Market is striving to consider its comprehensive environmental impact by choosing vendors and sourcing products to assure that waste is properly managed. Recyclables will be captured through the City’s recycling program, and the Market is working with O-Town Compost to collect food scraps from vendors and attendees to create compost. The goal is to make this Market the first near-zero waste commercial market in Central Florida.
4Roots is dedicated to unearthing the power of food to build healthy communities. By engaging the community to think more deeply about where and how food is grown, and why it matters, 4Roots aims to restore and maintain the delicate balance between people and planet. The 4Roots Farm Campus will be located in The Packing District, an emerging neighborhood in the heart of Orlando. It will invite the community to gather and collaborate on the creation of a strong local food system. Featuring a diverse range of growing systems, it will offer a unique hands-on learning experience that highlights innovative and sustainable practices and technologies from around the world. For more information visit www.4rootsfarm.org or follow along on Facebook and Instagram.
ABOUT THE PACKING DISTRICT
The Packing District is a 202-acre transformational project centered at the intersection of Princeton Street and Orange Blossom Trail in Orlando, preserving and recapturing a defining part of our community’s history while providing a vibrant base of living and commerce. Historic buildings will be repurposed, integrated with new uses, and connected to dedicated public spaces by a new and bold plan for urban trails and a new 100-acre public park (gifted to the City of Orlando) dedicated to health and wellness, education, arts and community, and sustainability. Preparations began to ready the site for construction in 2018. The project will continue to mature over the next 10-15 years as laid out in the four-phase master plan. To learn more, visit www.packingdistrictorlando.com and follow The Packing District on Facebook and Instagram.