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Creative Approach Savannah recently donated $1,346.22 to Forsyth Farmers’ Market as part of its Creative Cares campaign. In the third quarter, from July 1 through September 30, the Savannah printer donated half of a cent from every dollar in sales to the local farmers’ market.

“We are so thankful for our relationship with Creative Approach. Creative Approach always works with us to get our printing needs met. Forsyth Farmers’ Market greatly appreciates being selected as the first quarterly Creative Cares partner. The money raised will go to continue our mission to serve farmers and increase food access in our community,” said Jeb Bush, Executive Director of Forsyth Farmers’ Market.

The Forsyth Farmers’ Market is a non-profit organization that was founded in 2009 by six women who came together with the intention of supporting their common vision of a local food system that is good for the health of all people and the environment.

They merged with the existing Starland market and sought permission from the city to allow a farmers’ market in historic Forsyth Park. The first market was on May 9th, 2009. The FFM was conceived and planned to provide all members of Savannah’s community a welcoming, inclusive place to purchase local food and address food access issues. Despite some logistical challenges, Forsyth Park was chosen because it is a beautiful, public place in Savannah where everyone feels welcome. The founders made a special effort to seek out vendors from all backgrounds and conduct outreach to a wide variety of people.

From the very beginning, the FFM has focused on food and food issues which is why it is a producer-only market (meaning all vendors have to be producing at least 75% of the products they sell) and allows only food and plant vendors. The founders also sought to address food access by opening the market with a token system that allow shoppers to use SNAP to support low-income families.