JEFFERSON CO., N.Y. — Cornell Cooperative Extension has a variety of programs to help you shop in season and on a budget this summer.
River Community Church Farmers Market: The River Community Church is hosting a new Farmers Market on Fridays July 9 through August 27 from 4-7PM at 38844 Bartlett Point Road in Clayton. Come enjoy some good company, buy some tasty veggies, and have some fun! SNAP-Ed nutritionists will be on hand leading food demonstrations and helping shoppers make healthy food choices.
Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program: Learn new, healthy ways to eat more fruits and vegetables to address diet-related chronic disease and food insecurity. Eligible patients will receive a prescription for fruits and vegetables from their health care provider through the North Country Family Health Center. The prescription, funded through Fidelis Care Insurance, will provide six weeks of interactive nutrition workshops and cooking demonstrations along with a total value of $120 worth of fresh, local produce redeemed at the Bush Gardens Farm booth at the Wednesday Watertown Farmers Market.
Farm to WIC: Join our two-part virtual series to learn how to: “swipe first” using your e-WIC and other benefits to maximize savings at the grocery store; use your WIC farmers market coupons on local produce; select fruits and vegetables in season; and prepare healthy recipes using your market finds. Workshops will be held over Zoom on July 12th and July 19th both at 10:00 AM. Register at: https://cornell.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIvcO2qqjIoHtdIuzFrq4o9RFb_Max3ETYb.
From the Pantry: Join Julia at the Watertown Urban Mission Food Pantry every Wednesday starting July 14th from 11:00-11:30 AM for a live food demonstration and helpful shopping tips. Attendees will receive a sample of the recipe and resources on how to use items from the food pantry for meal planning.
WIC to Market: Join WIC staff and SNAP-Ed Nutritionists at the North Country Family Health Center on Saturday, July 31st from 10-12 to learn how to make the most of your WIC farmers market coupons. Eligible participants can pick up their coupons and then be treated to a live food demonstration and sample a recipe featuring local ingredients. They will also have a chance to take a tour of the Saturday Farmers Market at the JB Wise Pavilion with a nutritionist to shop for produce and meet their local farmers.
Farm Fresh Shares for Seniors: Senior Citizens face many barriers to health. Among these is access to fresh, healthy foods. A collaboration between Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County (CCEJC) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP-Ed), aims to improve access and eliminate barriers to fresh produce for low-income senior citizens at four priority site locations within Jefferson County. Each week, a SNAP-Ed nutritionist will travel to the senior housing sites to provide a cooking demonstration, healthy recipes, and other nutrition education. Participants can then purchase a weekly share of locally grown produce from Miracles by the Acre valued at $20 for only $10 using their SNAP benefits or Farmers Market Nutrition Program coupons. This produce will be delivered right to the seniors each week during the growing season between July and October. This program was made possible through a FreshConnect grant from New York State Ag and Markets.
Local Food to You: We know that eating fresh, local food is the ideal for a healthy diet and a healthy local economy but that doesn’t mean it’s always easy. Through a partnership between the North Star Food Hub, Inc. non-profit, Deep Roots Market, and SNAP-Ed, local food will be traveling to several convenient community locations throughout the Black River Valley to bring fresh, local produce at affordable prices right to families. Each week, a SNAP-Ed nutritionist will travel to the sites to provide a cooking demonstration and nutrition education to familiarize families with healthy recipes featuring a variety of seasonal produce. Participants can then purchase a weekly share of locally grown produce from Deep Roots Market at a reduced rate (subsidized through grant funds from the Pratt Northam Foundation) using their SNAP benefits. This produce will be delivered each week during the growing season between July and October. Customers will also have an opportunity to shop for additional items available a la carte from the veggie van.
For dates, times, and more information, please visit: http://ccejefferson.org/events.
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