Interfaith Ministries, a coalition of religious denominations who perform charity work, will now have a vending stand set up at the Anniston Farmer’s Market every Saturday morning.
Interfaith volunteers and its clients maintain a community garden and now the fruits of their labor will be used to help pull in funds. Martha Vandervoort, executive director of Interfaith, said the group participated in the market on the opening day of summer, but they took some time off to wait on their vegetables.
“We found a lot of our clients grew up in rural settings, so they know a lot about gardening,” she said.
Founded in 1975, Interfaith Ministries is a coalition of Protestant, Catholic and Jewish congregations who reach out to provide opportunities and aid to those in need, many of whom are homeless.
“It’s kind of special because we are giving these people the opportunity to sell things and when you see it, you are looking at their handiwork,” she said.
The stand will include peas, beans, squash, corn, tomatoes and okra, Vandervoort said. This is made possible through a partnership with Downing’s General Store, which provides the gardeners with seeds.
“We try to buy from them because they are local people and they give us what we need at a good cost,” she said.
In addition to the edibles, Vandervoort said, the stand will also feature clients’ handmade crafts, the sale of which will go back toward the support of the clients.
She encouraged those in the community to support Interfaith Ministries and other local farmers at the market this Saturday at 8 a.m. in the parking lot of Cheaha Brewing Company.