A farmers' market in a food desert: Evaluating impacts on the price and availability of healthy food

  • Larsen K
  • Gilliland J
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Abstract

Several studies have examined supermarket access for low-income residents, but few have explored how access to healthy food changes when a new food retailer such as a farmers' market opens in a place previously known as a 'food desert'. This paper uses a 'before and after' approach to examine the impact of the introduction of a farmers' market on the price and availability of healthy food in an underserved urban neighbourhood. The farmers' market had a major impact on grocery prices in the neighbourhood, which decreased by almost 12% in 3 years. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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  • Farmers' market
  • Food access
  • Food desert
  • Neighbourhood health

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