Castleberry Market Re-Opens With A Commitment To Solving The Food Desert Issue

Castleberry Market will reopen on August 1st, 2022. The public is invited to celebrate the occasion and experience the return of the only weekly Farmers Market on the Southwest side of Atlanta. 

Under the direction of Ali Washington, the Castleberry Market is renewing their commitment to the local community. The market will now be open from 5-8 PM. There is also a commitment to seeing the return of vendors who offer: artisanal baked goods, fresh produce, fresh flowers, dairy products, whole grains, and more. 

“We want to bring the farmers back to the farmer’s market,” said Ms. Washington. “There are limited healthy and sustainable food options on Atlanta’s Southwest and West sides. The community also needs more farmers who look like them.” 

Castleberry Market, formerly known as Castleberry Farmers Market, was founded by Diana Ries to bring locally produced, organic foods to a neighborhood facing a food desert. Ries and Washington’s shared desire to make healthier options available for the neighborhood and help preserve the historic black farming community is why Ries chose Ms. Washington to take over as the new director. 

Food deserts are a problem in predominantly Black and Brown communities across the country. For example, Atlanta’s population is 49.7% black. But, according to city-data.com, in 2019, Castleberry Hill’s population was 79.4% Black. Which is why Ms. Washington is determined to make use of Castleberry Hill’s reputation for being home to the largest concentration of Black-owned businesses in the nation. “I’d like to see more of the local Black farmers and chefs participating in the market,” said Washington about her hopes for the coming months. “We have to start working together to solve the food insecurity taking place on the Southwest and West sides of Atlanta.” 

Castleberry Market is a part of the non-profit organization Rocky Mountain Arts. The market is also sponsored by Carl M. Williams, Funeral Directors, Inc. 

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