STOCKTON — At 8 a.m. Monday, a group of about 30 parents gathered around table at Cleveland Elementary School in Stockton to learn about folic acid and healthy eating. When a cooking demonstration is finished, the parents will get a free bag of fruits and vegetables to take home along with some recipes.
It’s part of the Mobile Farmers Market which is a program ran by the Stockton Food Bank.
The concept is simple. “Bring the produce to the areas that are in need,” said nutrition manager Federico Navarro, “A lot of these families this is their only access to fresh fruits and vegetables.”
Throughout the month the Mobile Farmers Market visits 58 sites; giving out bags of food, and holding cooking demonstrations.
Navarro added there’s a reason for the demos, “You can give an eggplant and if they don’t know what to do with it, why bother?”
The Mobile Farmers Market has been around for five years and parents look forward to the monthly visit.
“Helps out,” said Sarah Evangelisti, “Saves a trip to the store”
“I love it 100 percent,” said Victor Cuevas, “We learn a lot of things; especially the healthy food for our kids.”
That education can start kids on the path to eating well and avoiding health problems like obesity. Believe it or not the kids like it too.
For more information about the Mobile Farmers Market visit the www.stocktonfoodbank.org