Lizz Lanius is one of our valued My Market Ambassadors, supporting the Freedom Farmer’s Market at the Carter Center. You can find her on Saturday’s from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Carter Center on Freedom Parkway in Atlanta.
Unfamiliar with My Market? Here’s a quick refresher. G.O.’s My Market Club offers new farmers market shoppers great rewards like $5 in market tokens to spend on local food, branded tote bags, lip balm, soaps, and more, and also help connect communities to their food. So far, we’ve helped over 12,000 new Georgia shoppers discover the wonders of their local market!
As an ambassador, Lanius plays an important role in ensuring visits to farmers markets run smoothly. Some of her responsibilities include welcoming new folks to the market, helping those who look confused or uncertain, signing people up to receive more information about the market via email and, of course, handing out the $5 tokens for newcomers to spend at the market.
We recently posed a few quick questions to Lanius, who was kind enough to answer:
Why did you become an ambassador?
I became an ambassador because I love this city. I love the people in it, I love the weather, and I love the concepts arising in this city. Being an ambassador to such a great program gave me a way to be involved in my community. I want to be a part of this beautiful city, and I want to do it in a way that helps my fellow ATLiens.
What is your favorite part of being an ambassador?
My favorite part about being an ambassador is getting face-to-face value. I get to talk to so many people, and I get to remember them when they’re hooked and come to the market every week. I love knowing the vendors, and personally understanding the people who bring me my food. I love being able to be a messenger of good news about farmers, and our city. I love telling people about where each vendor is from, and my personal love for them. I love to sweat for a good cause.
What is one piece of advice for anyone attending their first farmers market?
My advice for first timers is; Don’t treat it like an event, it’s not. Treat it like your neighborhood grocery store. Think about meals you can make, ask your farmers what’s in season, and plan accordingly. I assure you that even after just one week of dinners solely from the farmers market, you’ll start to feel better, jump higher, and want to come back again and again.
If you could be one fruit or vegetable, what would it be and why?
I would be a STRAWBERRY! Or Bee Balm. Something about they way those plants grow, always gets to me. I love strawberries’ little white and yellow flowers. I love the way their leaves are shaped. I love being from a part of the country where they grow as natural as weeds. I love how resistant they are, even though they seem fragile.