The market is a branch of the Community Grocer in Carlton, which provides public housing residents with access to affordable and healthy food.
All products are sourced from a local supplier who buys it from wholesalers. Any profit derived from the market is returned to it.
Faulkner was chosen to test a concept that could spread across the state.
The market was created to address food security concerns for low-income families and newly arrived refugees.
The market sells peaches. Source: AAP
Sarah Kotsopoulos of Merri Community Health Services said there are a number of issues that make it difficult to get fresh, healthy, affordable and culture-appropriate products.
“We have about six fresh fruit and vegetable outlets compared to the 13 takeaways in the area, and we believe transportation is a really big challenge for the Faulkner community,” she said.
She said food safety statistics in the area are amazing.
“In 2011, we saw about 5 percent of people say they didn’t feel food security, and in 2013, that figure jumped to 11 percent.”
“I come to this market because it’s really close to our house, and the prices are reasonable, and the volunteers are very good.”
Buyers in the market pay $ 2.50 per kilo for apples, compared to about twice as much in large supermarkets.
Most products on the market are sold for 10-30 percent less than in supermarkets.
Serve and those who like more traditional ingredients.
“We have a lot of people from Pakistan who love their district, so we always make sure people can buy a district,” Ms. Kostapoulos said.
“We also have a large Italian community in Faulkner, so we always have tomatoes and zucchini.
Every week, volunteers and shoppers are treated to a free vegetarian barbecue from market products.
Most leftovers of fresh food are donated to local relief services.