WALPOLE, N.H. — Every weekend in September is about showing appreciation for our local Veterans. Cheshire County Veterans are invited to attend the TEAM Jaffrey Farmers’ Market on Fridays 3pm-6pm, the Keene Farmers’ Market on Saturdays 9am-1pm and/or the Hinsdale Farmers’ Market on Sundays 9am-1pm throughout the month of September to receive $20 in vouchers every week to spend on food items at each market!
The Cheshire County Conservation Districthas partnered with the TEAM Jaffrey, Keene & Hin/sdale Farmers’ Markets and the Cheshire Medical Center’s Center for Population Health to increase community members access to healthy foods, an effort which supports the Healthy Monadnock Initiative. This Veteran Appreciation Month program in Cheshire County is not based on need, but rather serves as a way for our community to say “Thank you” to our local service members for protecting our freedoms. This program also serves to boost the local farm economy by bringing more business to our local markets – a win/win for the consumer and the farmer!
Vouchers are distributed each week at the Veteran Appreciation Month booth at each market on a first come, first served basis while funding supplies last. Cheshire County Veterans may come back every week for another $20 in vouchers and may participate at all three market locations if they wish. Vouchers may be used to purchase food items only. Vouchers have no cash value, are non-transferable, and must be redeemed at each market respectively by the end of September 2020.
To participate, veterans must provide proof of veteran status and proof of Cheshire County residency. Valid forms of Veteran ID include: (1) copy of DD214, (2) healthcare enrollee card from Veteran Affairs, or (3) NH Driver’s license with a Veterans designation. Veterans from eligible towns include: Keene, Swanzey, Gilsum, Harrisville, Alstead, Hinsdale, Jaffrey, Marlborough, Walpole, Troy, Nelson, Roxbury, Rindge, Dublin, Fitzwilliam, Surry, Sullivan, Chesterfield, Stoddard, Marlow, Westmoreland, Richmond, and Winchester.
Do to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we ask that customers please respect social distancing guidelines in place at each market and wear a mask when shopping. For more information about Veteran Appreciation Month contact Lola Bobrowski at the Cheshire County Conservation District – by email (is best): email@example.com or leave a voice message at 603-756-2988 x3011
This program has been modeled after the Vouchers for Veterans program, now in its fifth season, started by the Rochester Farmers’ Market in Rochester, NH.
The Cheshire County Conservation District promotes the conservation and responsible use of our natural and agricultural resources for the people of Cheshire County by providing technical, financial, and educational assistance. Our goal is to encourage the stewardship of healthy soils, productive ecologically sound farms, diverse wildlife, productive sustainable forests, healthy watersheds, and clean water to ensure those resources are available for future generations. Established in 1945, the Conservation District operates out of Walpole, NH where we work alongside the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and other conservation partners. For more information, contact Amanda Littleton at 603-756-2988 ext.4 or email at amanda@cheshireconservation.
–Cheshire County Conservation District
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