Panama City looking for volunteers to help create Farmers Markets
Many in downtown Panama City and Millville have a tough time finding fresh produce in their area.
"There is not a grocery store in downtown north. We had Lucky's but Lucky's is leaving so there is not a grocery store. In Millville we really don't have grocery store in Millville,” said Panama City Community Redevelopment Alliance Manger Toni Shamplain.
That's why the city is looking for volunteers to help them with plans to create farmers markets in Panama City.
"If you look at the grocery stores and if you look at the availability of fruit and vegetables. It also offers an opportunity for small businesses to commerce. So with what has happened to us with the storm it allows us to recreate a set of motion in a different way,” said Shamplain.
Shamplain said they want to add a farmers market at Watson Bayou Park and in Downtown Panama City north by spring of this year.
"We need something positive and tangible right now. I'm thinking a farmers market. It's beginning to be the spring of the year. You're going to have your fresh vegetables, your fresh fruit. I just think it's a win-win for everybody,” she said.
Shamplain said they're hoping to find 25 volunteers for each district so they form a committee to oversee the markets.
"We need some diversity in thinking. We need some folks that have experience and we also need the novice. We want the tents, hopefully grow into some food trucks. It's wide open, it's exciting,” she said.
Shamplain said it's also a way to bring the community together.
"It will give the volunteers an outcome and a product. They can stand back at the end of the day and say 'this we created,’” she said.
If you would like to volunteer call The Panama City CRA at 850-872-7230. Leave your name and number after you speak with the staff assistant.