Salt Air Farmer’s Market receives Tapper Foundation grant

Published: Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 09:37 AM.

Keeping tradition alive.

Last week the Salt Air Farmer’s Market, held every other weekend at City Commons Park in Port St. Joe, received a $3,000 grant from the Tapper Foundation to help build on a staple community event.

Farmers from around North Florida and Georgia converge on Gulf County to sell fresh produce while area vendors sell homemade crafts, foods and jewelry. The Salt Air Farmer’s Market aims to promote a sustainable food system on Florida’s Forgotten Coast.

According to market organizer John Parker, this is the first grant that the non-profit organization has received in four years.

He said he plans to utilize the funds to purchase a branded tent for the event as well as a sound system to make life easier for participating musicians, who currently must supply their own.

“Music brings in people and provides a more festive atmosphere,” said Parker. “I love to get people down here for public exposure.”

David Warriner of the Tapper Foundation presented Parker with a check during Saturday’s market and thanked him for his part in bringing healthy food choices to the community.

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