Farmers’ market expands healthy food choices for seniors

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced more than $1.8 million to provide low-income senior New Yorkers with access to farmers’ markets across New York.

The funding will provide over 100,000 seniors with access to healthy food at 470 farmers’ markets through the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program. New York State operates one of the largest such programs in the nation.

“The Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program is an important resource that provides New Yorkers with access to fresh, locally grown produce while also supporting the local economies and agricultural sector,” Cuomo said. “Through this program, we are connecting more than 100,000 low-income seniors across the state with affordable, healthy food options in their communities and providing a boost to local farmers bringing their products to market in every region of the state. I encourage all eligible New Yorkers to take advantage of this program and see what New York’s farmers have to offer.”

More than 100,000 booklets consisting of five $4.00 checks are being distributed, and can be used to purchase fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables from 950 farmers vending at 470 community farmers’ markets across the state.

Locally, the Fulton Farmers’ Market is held Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Canalview Park & Shop lot, South Second Street.

The New Haven Farmers’ Market is held Mondays at the town hall from 4 to 7 p.m.

The Oswego Farmers’ Market is held Thursdays from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. between Bridge and West Oneida streets.

The Phoenix Farmers’ Market is held Mondays from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Three Rivers Shopping Plaza, Route 57.

The Volney Farmers’ Market is held Tuesdays from 4 to 7 p.m. at the town hall, 1445 Co. Rt. 6, Fulton.

The program is administered by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, in cooperation with the New York State Office for the Aging, New York State Department of Health Commodity Supplemental Food Program, and Cornell Cooperative Extension. Checks can be used at participating farmers markets through Nov. 30, 2013.

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