Further Awareness



The Douglas Loop Farmers Market is a serene scene. Farmers form a large semi-circle, presenting fresh and colorful fruit and vegetables to the numerous customers strolling through the park. Small children run around and dance to the music, and families lounge on the benches. It seems perfect, and I could not imagine a nicer place to spend my time on a Saturday morning. However, I can’t help but notice that everyone enjoying said Saturday morning in the park is white. It is a stark contrast to where I work during the week, which is in West Louisville, a place where food such as this is nearly impossible to come by. The lack of diversity at the farmers market reminds me that food justice, particularly with regards to race and socio-economic status, is a huge part of the movement. We can’t say that we have truly transitioned to providing local food until I can go to a farmers market and see people of all ethnicities, races, and creeds being serviced. We still have a lot of work to do.

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