People's Nite Market brings fresh produce to food desert on West Side

By Patty Santos - Reporter

SAN ANTONIO - Residents in a West Side community are getting more access to fresh fruits and vegetables thanks to the organizers of the People’s Nite Market.

Jovanna Lopez, an organizer, said the idea is to help the community make healthier choices. 

“A part of our mission is to create access to fresh produce in communities that are food and nutritional deserts,” she said.

Lopez said the nearest stores people can walk to do not sell fresh produce.  

“We encourage the community to come and meet with each other, as well as try veggies they never tried before,” she said.

The market sets up eight times every fall at 1314 Guadalupe Street. The number of vendors has grown since it first opened.

Lopez said the goal of the market is geared toward helping the community, so the food is sold at low prices.

The market also helps build a sense of community, with kids playing and families dining and spending time together playing games such as Loteria.

The event also helps vendors like Vince Hernandez expose people to his all-natural candle products.

“It helps support us to where, in turn, we support our community by giving back to the community,” he said. “We talk to them about health and awareness.”

The market is open every two weeks on Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. Lone Star EBT, credit cards and cash are accepted. 

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