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Farmers market to turn into year-round green grocery

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Currently a one-day-a-week business, this farmer's market is about to go full time. Currently a one-day-a-week business, this farmer's market is about to go full time.
Out of the back of a converted Krispy Kreme truck, Teresa Harris sells fresh fruits and veggies at the South Memphis Farmer's Market. Out of the back of a converted Krispy Kreme truck, Teresa Harris sells fresh fruits and veggies at the South Memphis Farmer's Market.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - Many describe the corner of Mississippi Boulevard and South Parkway as a food desert with a new oasis set to open soon.

Out of the back of a converted Krispy Kreme truck, Teresa Harris sells fresh fruits and veggies at the South Memphis Farmer's Market.

"I love fresh vegetables. This is gorgeous out here," said Harris.

Currently a one-day-a-week business, this farmer's market is about to go full time. It will be open six days a week in a permanent facility that supports 40 full-time jobs.

The market is the result of a collaboration between a community development corporation called The Works, Inc. and more than 1,000 area residents.

"So this represents commercial revitalization along parkway, economic development for residents of this neighborhood," said Roshun Austin with Works, Inc.

The access to fresh produce and healthy cooking demonstrations inside the market are crucial components in a neighborhood that is prone to fried foods, according to Dr. Kenneth Robinson.

"That will combat obesity, which is the underlying common denominator for hypertension, lots of heart disease, diabetes, and several cancers. It will save lives," said Robinson.

The nearest grocery is 2.5 miles away, and many in the area do not have access to transportation.

But community leaders said the farmers market on the corner should go a long way to change eating habits in the neighborhood.

"It's a wonderful day for us," said Austin.

For now, the farmers market is open on Thursdays. The permanent expansion is scheduled to open within four to six months.

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