The Mobile Food Market (MFM) is back in Fairview, relaunching their community markets where local residents can buy good-quality, healthy produce at an affordable price. In the past, the market operated out of a converted Halifax Metro Transit bus that pulled up to Titus Smith Memorial Park on Vimy Avenue on Saturdays.
Inside, customers could browse from a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, Stone Hearth Bakery bread and a selection of dried goods. In order to offer the service yearround, the market was moved indoors during the colder months, setting up in MacDonald Laurier Place on Ford Street. Operating since 2016, these affordable markets have not only been a way for community members to access good food, but also a welcoming space for neighbours to gather. When COVID-19 entered the scene in 2020, this service was put on pause in order to redesign a market that would ensure the safety of customers and volunteers. On May 1, the MFM will once again pull up to Titus Smith Memorial Park, this time with their new market vehicle. With a large white truck covered in fruits and vegetables, they are hard to miss! You can find them every other Saturday from 9:30am-11:00am. These open-air markets facilitate a safer shopping experience for customers, and COVID-19 health measures will be strictly followed. The MFM is committed to increasing access to healthy, affordable food in the Halifax region. Residents in the HRM face a host of barriers when it comes to their ability to access the nutritious food they need. These barriers can be related to cost, transportation and mobility, just to name a few. Offering affordable, and community-led food programs in central neighbourhood locations is how the MFM is working to overcome some of these barriers. The MFM currently partners with local service organizations and community members in 6 different Halifax regions, including Spryfield, North Dartmouth, East Dartmouth, Eastern Shore, North End Halifax, and Fairview. The MFM is a partnership of the Halifax Regional Municipality, Metro Works, Nova Scotia Health and Province of Nova Scotia. The program wouldn’t be possible without the support of Atlantic Superstore and a vast network of community organizations. To learn more about the market, visit www. mobilefoodmarket.ca.