The MAS initiative is part of the efforts of the World Central Kitchen (WCK) organization in Puerto Rico. (Supplied)
The World Central Kitchen organization announced the opening of the Santurce Food Market (MAS), an initiative that will be held every fourth Saturday of the month at the Miramar Food Truck Park with the aim of supporting local producers such as farmers, fishermen and producers handcrafted.
Along the same lines, the organization aspires to boost the economy of Puerto Rico and also offer all families living on our island the opportunity to stock up on fresh and nutritious products. The market will open from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
MAS was created after the nonprofit Plow to Plate program identified a need and interest to increase access to fresh and nutritious produce in urban areas. The program supports small farmers, fishermen, and agribusinesses by offering grants, training and access to volunteers.
On the other hand, MAS joins other agricultural markets that already carry out this same type of initiative in other municipalities, especially after the quarantine.
MAS intends to establish a market that provides products of local origin in the capital of the Island and that can provide a viable and sustainable option for small food producers who come from all over the Island and who often depend on it. type of initiatives to sell their products. This market was born thanks to the financial support of the Federal Department of Agriculture-USDA and its AMS office.
“ We are very excited about the birth of this market because we want to show that in Puerto Rico there is still room to increase access to healthy and diverse foods . Through this market, the public will not only find vegetables, which are very relevant, but also meat, fish, eggs, breads and other products that are produced locally and that generate economic growth opportunities for the entire value chain within the food economy of our Puerto Rico. ”, commented Mikol Hoffman, director of Plow to Plate at WCK.
For her part, Crystal Díaz, manager of Plow to Plate in Puerto Rico, stated that “at WCK we are proud to support local producers with new spaces and sales opportunities for their products. The challenges of these last years and months have not been easy. However, we are pleased to see how many of our participants have been able to reinvent themselves and for them, we continue the work with great energy to together move closer to greater food security on our island ”.
MAS will have a strict security protocol to protect the health and well-being of all participants against COVID-19. Only 50% of the capacity of people will be allowed in the market. In the same way, the temperature of all attendees will be taken and the hands of each person will be disinfected at the entrance. Efforts will be made to maintain social or physical distancing.
In addition, the market personnel will place signs and guide the protocols to follow. As part of the compulsory requirements, all people must use their mask. It should be noted that the initiative is outdoors.
The WCK Plow to Plate program provides grants to food producers affected by past natural disasters in addition to offering opportunities for capacity development, volunteering, and access to the organization's networks for the growth of its participants.
The Miramar Food Truck Park located at the intersection of Ave. Ponce de León and Calle Eduardo Cerra in Santurce.