The Forsyth Farmers’ Market is a 501c3 non-profit organization that was founded in 2009 by six women who came together with the intention of supporting their common vision of a local food system that is good for the health of all people and the environment. From the very beginning, the FFM has focused on food and food issues which is why it is a producer-only market (meaning all vendors have to be producing at least 75% of the products they sell) and allows only food and plant vendors. The founders also sought to address food access by opening the market with a token system that allow shoppers to use SNAP (supplemental nutrition assistance program, formerly known as food stamps). While the market has grown to support full and part-time staff positions, it could not function without passionate volunteers, local business owners, partnering non-profits, and individuals who have and continue to contribute their time & skills to supporting a local food system in Savannah. We are a community.
The mission of the Forsyth Farmers’ Market is to promote understanding and participation in a local food system that supports sustainable production and increases access to local products. While we started as only a Saturday farmers market, we soon expanded to include a number of programs to expand our accessibility to the larger Savannah community.
We currently have a number of programs that reflect our mission and values, and engage community in a meaningful way:
Saturday Farmers Market– One of our most visible programs, the market has become a Savannah staple. We are a food and plant only market that emphasizes local, regional foods. Additionally, our partnership with Wholesome Wave GA’s Fresh For Less program has allowed us to expand accessibility to SNAP (formerly known as Food Stamps) recipients by matching SNAP dollars.
Farm Truck 912– as our mobile market, Farm Truck 912 is able to bring fresh local produce and food items to the larger Savannah community, especially neighborhoods living in food apartheid. The Farm Truck also participants in pop-up events throughout the city to increase program awareness and engagement.
912 Food Farmacy– Our produce prescription, 912 Food Farmacy, was created to tackle diet related chronic illness among those who are food insecure, by making nutritious foods and nutrition education attainable. Partnering with local health clinics in its second program year, it continues to grow and make a substantial impact.
Education– Education is a big part of FFM’s mission, goals, and values. We offer education classes, such as Taste of African Heritage, that aim to provide nutrition education that is culturally appropriate and relevant. Additionally, we offer SNAP enrollments and information to those eligible.