Goodness all around –Tuscaloosa’s Pop-up Farmers Market Returns in April
March 9, 2021
Along with beautiful weather and Alabama softball, springtime in Alabama brings an abundance of fresh, locally-grown produce. Starting next month, the Tuscaloosa Farmers Market’s Local Pop-Up Markets are back to bring colorful, seasonal produce to your neighborhood.
The Pop-Up Markets started last year as part of a grant awarded to the City of Tuscaloosa from the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service. The market supports 70 vendors is anchored around Hale Farms, a family-owned business out of Chilton County.
“Our team was so excited to be awarded the USDA grant to expand the Tuscaloosa Farmers Market,” City Venues Operations Manager Alexis Clark says. “The River Market is a great central location that will continue to provide fresh fruits and vegetables on Saturdays, but having these additional Pop-Up Markets around the city Monday through Friday helps to make local produce even more accessible to our citizens.”
The Pop-Up Markets operate from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday from April until the end of September. The schedule, which remains the same throughout the season, is:
- Mondays: McDonald Hughes Community Center, 3101 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
- Tuesdays: Harmon Park, 2901 Greensboro Ave.
- Wednesdays: Annette N. Shelby Park, 1614 15th St.
- Thursdays: McAbee Activity Center, 3901 Loop Road
- Fridays: The Gateway Innovation and Discovery Center, 2614 University Blvd. E.
Weekly Saturday markets will remain at the Tuscaloosa River Market during Pop-Up season. Like the Saturday markets, the Pop-Up Markets will accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Women, Infants, & Children (WIC) & Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) payments.
“We believe that everyone deserves access to healthy, local fruits and vegetables,” City Venues Assistant Operations Manager Azia Patrick says. “That’s why we’re proud that the Pop-Up Markets are located near public transportation and accept SNAP and SFMNP payments.”
Along with fresh, locally grown produce, the Tuscaloosa Pop-Up Farmers Market brings an Alabama authentic feel that cannot be replicated. Make plans to visit the market in your neck of the woods starting next month! Learn more at tuscaloosafarmersmarket.com.