COBLESKILL, N.Y. — This Saturday, July 8 th, Festival Farmers Market of Cobleskill NY, begins its regular season at its traditional location at the parking lot of McCarthy Tire Services. The Market will occur every Saturday through early October, from 10:00am to 2:00pm, with regularly appearing farmers accompanied by special guest vendors and representatives from area human services agencies or non-profits.
For the next two Saturdays, July 8th and July 15th , representatives from SCCAP/ SNAP EBT Food Stamp Program will be at the market to review eligibility and to show SNAP participants how to get 40% more toward their allocated food dollars just by shopping at the market for fresh produce with the use of USDA Farmers Market Nutrition Program tokens. Office of the Aging representatives will also be available for questions and to distribute Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program Coupons.
The Festival Farmers Market wants to address, early in the growing season, the needs of those who have to carefully manage their food budget. Those that can “SNAP to IT!” by shopping the Festival Farmers Market in the next two Saturdays will be able to learn how to reap the bounty of fresh local foods for themselves and their families while getting more “bang for the buck” during the entire season. On July 8th , live music by Feelin’ Country will also be featured along with the Annual Farmers Market Opening Day Pie Sale by the members of the Barnerville UMC.
Saturday, July 8, 2017
10:00am – 2:00 pm: Farmers Market hours of operation
10:00am until gone: Barnerville UMC Pies
10:00am – 2:00pm: SCCAP/SNAP Food Stamp Program representatives
10:00am – 12noon: Office of the Aging representatives for Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program Coupons
(photo ops from 10:15am to 12:30pm)
McCarty Tire Services Parking Lot, 942 Main Street, Cobleskill NY (Route 7)
Americans, across the board, frequently do not eat enough fruits and vegetable. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) when looking at adults in all 50 states a few years ago, found that only 13.1% met fruit intake recommendations and 8.9% met vegetable recommendations. The US government tries to reverse this trend in vulnerable populations but increasing access to more fruits and vegetables through various Farmers Market Nutrition Programs. Qualifications for Farmers Market Nutrition Program coupons, checks or tokens may be based on several factors including age, income, maternity and veteran status. Festival Farmers Market wants all area residents to know about theses nutrition programs, which can only be redeemed at a farmers market, thereby, help individuals and families serve up high quality, local produce, and other unprocessed foods, more affordably and more frequently because of their participation.
Donna and Charles Olsen, Festival Farmers Market Managers
Live Music by Feelin’ Country
SNAP EBT Program Representatives from SCCAP
Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program Representatives from Office of the Aging
… and Produce, Herbs, Meat & Eggs
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