Not everyone is a great gardener, and for those without a green thumb there's a farmer's market

Posted at 7:49 AM, Aug 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-06 09:19:00-04

Getting the perfect garden is not easy.

It takes years of practice and experience to really figure out how to grow those picture perfect tomatoes. But the payoff to getting a prolific garden going goes beyond having a fun new hobby.

Fresh produce can be something that many people end up taking for granted. For many of us, it's quickly running to the grocery store to grab an onion or two.

But that option isn't that easy for everyone.

Food deserts exist across the country, areas where access to fresh food isn't as simple as popping out to the grocery store, whether that be for remote, rural communities or under-served city communities.

It's those areas when gardening becomes something more than a hobby and the produce grown takes on value beyond dumping a plastic bag of citrus in your break room at work.

Kevin Ardoin, of Zydeco Farms, is trying to help bring some of that fresh produce into the neighborhoods that may not have access to it otherwise.

Partly responsible for the Fightingville Fresh Farmer's Market on the corner of Madison and Simcoe, he says he knows what it's like to not have easy access to food and having to rely on what you can grow.

While big grocery store chains have certainly made it easier to bring food to people the food, there isn't always the freshest or of the highest nutritional value. And in times of crisis, supply chains can break down.

Which is why Kevin says it's so important to try and support local farmers and growers to keep the food for local residents to enjoy, especially for those who can't grow it themselves.

And when it comes to growing your own garden the best thing you can do as he says is "practice, practice, practice."

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