Fresh Stop Markets


We believe fresh food is a basic human right.


Castlewood Fresh Stop

East End Fresh Stop

Fresh Stop Markets are “pop up” farm-fresh food markets set up at local churches and community centers in fresh food insecure neighborhoods. The food has been paid for in advance so that farmers don’t face the same degree of risk as they do with a standard farmers’ market. People in the community describe Fresh Stop Markets as welcoming and happy—like a family reunion where all five senses are engaged and there is lots of laughter, food and fun! 

Our Fresh Stop Markets are open to everyone and created, led, and sustained by
community leaders. Most Fresh Stop Markets reserve 75 percent of all shares for those individuals and families identifying as having limited resources according to the WIC eligibility guidelines (185 percent of poverty or less). If your total family income is less than the amount listed in this table for your given number of family members, you are eligible for lower-cost shares:

WIC guidelines

All Fresh Stop Markets operate on a sliding scale based on income. The scale is as follows:

  • Shares are $6 for families on the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).
  • Shares are $12 for families who receive SNAP/EBT/Food Stamps or others with limited resources according to the above guidelines.
  • Shares are $25 for higher income.
  • NEW!!! You can also purchase a Food Justice Share. Pay $40 (retail price of the share). Put more money in the pot so all can eat!

Everyone gets the same exact food regardless of what is paid. No one is turned away for lack of resources.

Although payment methods vary by the Fresh Stop Market, shares can typically be purchased with cash, credit/debit cards, or EBT/Food Stamps/SNAP Benefits. Produce shares are ordered one to two weeks in advance and are full of the bounty of Kentucky’s seasonal produce. Each share is accompanied by a newsletter with recipes and information from our farmers. The first date to order and pay for your shares for the 2017 growing season will be in early May. We will have online ordering and the ability to call and place your order over the phone, and cash drop offs. Check back for more details as we get closer.


Fresh Stop Market leaders form teams, according to their individual strengths and passions. In 2017, the Market leaders will form into six different teams. Every Market is always looking for shareholders who want to step up into leadership roles. Our leaders love that they can express their passion for food justice in their own communities, or as allies with neighboring communities, and see the manifestation of their hard work with beautiful, abundant, affordable, local organic food for ALL. All descriptions are subject to change as leaders provide input and work to constantly improve our collective processes. Beginning in late March, there is leader to leader mentoring available through our Fresh Stop Training Institute.

Leader Roles at each Fresh Stop Market:
Behind the Scenes:

The “Pop-Up” Day of Fun:

In Lexington, there are two Fresh Stop Market locations. One is in the East End neighborhood and one is in the Castlewood neighborhood.

Both Market sites are organizing FOR 2017! See the calendar and flier below for info on organizing meetings.