Lansing's Allen Neighborhood Center (ANC) is a treasured jewel two blocks from my house. Not only do they provide great community programs, but a fabulous farmer's market that continues to grow each year. Each Wednesday is an opportunity to meet up with friends, win cool (and healthy) prizes for answering health related questions, listen to live local music, sample different recipes using local food and talk to the farmer who grew your week's groceries. The ANC Farmer's Market was also the first non-profit in Michigan to be authorized for the use of EBT money (food stamps).
ANC has always been focused on the health of the neighborhood, but good health is beyond education workshops and signing residents up for the Ingham County Health Plan. ANC has successfully combined the need to access healthy food while also providing a marketing opportunity for small local farmers.
While this article is a little outdated (ANC has had their market in full swing for about 5 years now), it is a great summary of ANC's Farmer's Market and other healthy initiatives.
ANC is the heartbeat of Lansing's eastside and continues to grow its healthy efforts. It's true - good health is contagious and the ANC Farmer's Market is dishing it up!