Louisville has over 20 farmers markets around the city! A farmers market is when 2 or more farmers or producers sell their own agricultural products (fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, poultry, dairy or grains) to the community at a fixed location.
These community-run buying clubs create space for residents to meet their farmer and purchase healthy, fresh, affordable produce every 2 weeks during the summer and fall.
Community Supported Agriculture
Here are the basics: a farmer offers “shares” to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other products may be included. Consumers purchase a share (aka a “subscription”) and in return receive a box of seasonal produce each week during the farming season. This benefits both the farmer and the consumer.
Are you or someone you know in need of food assistance? There are many places around the city where you can find the right assistance for you. Call 2-1-1 or follow the link above to view a map of Dare to Care locations around Louisville.
There is a 15 year life expectancy difference between Louisville residents in the East and those in the West End. #FeedTheWest is a community food justice initiative spearheaded by Shauntrice Martin sponsored by Change Today, Change Tomorrow. This initiative will continue on until the West End has Black-owned and sustainable fresh food sources for our residents.
The Louisville Community Grocery believes everyone should have access to fresh and healthy food, in a space that is welcoming to all. We believe that access to healthy food is a human right and our communities’ self-reliance in providing for our food needs is essential. Many of Louisville’s urban neighborhoods experience food insecurity. We hope to address this issue through community ownership, job creation, and commitment to community health.
Black Markey Ky is a healthy grocery store focused on combatting the food apartheid in the West End of Louisville, Ky. Check out their Black List: a list of local Black-owned businesses in Louisville.
Donate and Find Free Fresh Produce
The Urban Agriculture Coalition has assembled this list of locations where food growers can share extra produce — and where folks can find free food. Gardeners and farmers are producing in abundance! Let us know if you have more resources to add to the list!
Falling Fruit is a public community map of places where you can forage for free food in your city! Follow the link and zoom in on your area to locate fruit and nut trees, fruit bushes, and more!
Food in Neighborhoods created the LouFoodGuide–a Louisville Guide to Local (and Free) Food & Farm Resources, because we want people to have the information they need to eat affordably and nutritiously and to support the local food economy.