Health Department

Having access to affordable, healthy food is important for physical, mental and emotional health.  Erie County has 10 food deserts – areas where at least 1/3 of residents live more than 1 mile from the nearest grocery store or supermarket.  To increase access to healthy foods, we have compiled a list of area farmers markets and farm stands, pick-your-own farms, and options for community supported agriculture, or CSAs.

There are also numerous community gardens located throughout our beautiful city, as well as others located in areas throughout the county. Community gardens allow individuals and families to get involved in community gardens and receive a portion of the harvest for helping and working in the garden during the growing season.  Many community gardens work with Master Gardeners from the Penn State Cooperative Extension to provide the needed education and instruction on how to make the gardens grow successfully.  Many gardens also donate portions of the harvest to local food pantries and food banks, helping those most in need to also have healthy foods. See map below:

For more information about getting involved in a community garden near you, please contact the Erie Garden Coalition at eriegardencoalition@gmail.com

If you know of community gardens or farmers market/farm stands that are not on these lists, please send their information to aharkness@eriecountypa.gov and we will work to add them to these lists.


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