Benjamin Richardson, of Richardson Farms, helps Wanda Briones bag her fruit as she decides what else she might want Friday at the Office Older of Adults, 246 Northland Drive in Medina. ALYSSA ALFANO / GAZETTE
MEDINA — Farmers markets are a summer staple that draw in people of all ages. Mobile vegetable markets are now popping up to cater to an aging population that does not drive as much or as far anymore.
Benjamin Richardson, one of the owners of Richardson Farms on Lafayette Road in Medina, operates a mobile market throughout Northeast Ohio.
His farm sets the mobile market at the Office of Older Adults, 246 Northland Drive in Medina, about twice a month as he did this week on a muggy and cloudy Friday afternoon.
“We do mobile markets through the Western Reserve Agency on Aging. They do nutritional programs for seniors. They do mobile markets because a lot of seniors don’t drive,” said Richardson.
Richardson said that he usually goes to senior centers because they have a lot of activities. That way, seniors can come, participate in activities, eat a healthy lunch and buy some fresh produce while they are out.
The market was mostly visited by seniors who frequently attend events at the Office of Older Adults.
Richardson had several different types of tomatoes on display.
Wanda Briones, Medina resident and frequent visitor of the Office of Older Adults, asked Richardson “which kind of tomatoes lasts the longest” and “what is the difference between the different types.”
Richardson guided her in selecting the best tomato for the meals she had in mind.
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