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2018-07-11 / News

Three Delaware County Farmers Markets Sponsored by CCE

By Anthony Morgano


The Walton farmer’s market is up and running for the summer, one of the three CCE sponsored markets in Delaware County for 2018. 
Anthony Morgano/The Reporter The Walton farmer’s market is up and running for the summer, one of the three CCE sponsored markets in Delaware County for 2018. Anthony Morgano/The Reporter Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Delaware County will sponsor the Sidney, Walton and Deposit farmers’ markets for the 2018 season. These markets have been established for the convenience of local residents and participants in the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) through WIC clients and Delaware County Office for the Aging. In addition to cash sales, WIC clients and income eligible senior citizens may redeem their farmers’ market nutrition program coupons at these local markets.

Returning vendors for this year include Russell’s Products & Produce and East Brook Community Farm. Joining them is a new vendor, Fantasy Fruit Farm. The markets will feature fresh produce including beets, strawberries, blueberries, chard, herbs, kohlrabi, melons, onions, peppers, spinach, beans, squash, tomatoes and other fresh fruits and vegetables.

A new program has been introduced to the Walton Farmers’ Market this summer. The Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program was designed to help prevent and manage chronic diet-related diseases by increasing affordability and access to nutritious fresh fruits and vegetables from local farms. Russell’s Products and Produce, East Brook Community Farm and Fantasy Fruit Farm are all vendors included in this program.

Enrolling in the program will grant participants regular meetings with a registered dietician, wellness coordinator, or community health worker over six-to-eight months. The “prescription” patients receive from the meetings will be vouchers to redeem at participating markets.

WIC participants are eligible to receive a $20 FMNP coupon booklet which will be distributed through Sept. 30 and expire Nov. 30, 2018. Contact Andrea Byrne at Delaware Opportunities - 607-746-1701 for more information.

Eligible Delaware County senior citizens can pick up coupons at the Office of the Aging, 97 Main Street, Delhi, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Other distribution sites include senior dining centers and senior housing units. Contact Yvonne Brock at Delaware County Office for the Aging - 607-832- 5750 - for more information.

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