Community Market Returns

The Fall Community Market is returning on Thursday!

“We are thrilled to be back at the Lindside Senior Center just in time to provide you delicious local food for the holidays!” reads a social media post from Sprouting Farms.

The market will be located at the Lindside Senior Center on November 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. According to the flier, a variety of items will be for sale, including potatoes, sweet potatoes, winter squash, onions, sourdough bread, blueberry bagels, everything bagels, tomatoes, kale, lettuce, and carrots.

“Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) accepted!” Sprouting Farms posted. “Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) stretch discounts on all fresh fruits and veggies when using EBT! Snap stretch discounts include 50 percent off for adults without children, 67 percent for adults with children, 67 percent off for seniors, [and] 75 percent off for seniors with dependents under 18.”

SNAP Stretch was originally piloted in 2019, providing a dollar for dollar match for SNAP benefits when they purchase fruits and vegetables at participating farmers’ markets. In addition, SNAP recipients with children will be given another dollar for dollar match for the child to purchase their own fruits and vegetables in the form of “Kids Coupons.”

“The project was fueled by the idea to give purchasing power to adults and children,” said Spencer Moss, The WV Food & Farm Coalition Executive Director. “The innovation was in response to survey results from the 2017 WV Kids Pop-Up Market Program, which gave school and daycare children $4 in ‘Kids Coupons’ to buy fruits and vegetables of their choosing from onsite pop-up farmers markets. Parent survey results concluded that the majority of participating children ate almost all of the produce purchased with their ‘Kid Coupons’ because they had the power to choose. We’re grateful for our friends at WVU Extension Family Nutrition SNAP Education, as they are masterminds behind WV Kids Pop-Up Market Program.”

The post also points to the Online Farmers Market, found at turnrow.localfoodmarketplace.com, has a pickup site at the Greenbrier Farm Kitchen, 320 Greenville High School Road between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Wednesdays and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursdays.

“Greenville Farm Kitchen (GFK) is an FDA-approved food processing facility located in the former Greenville High School cafeteria in Monroe County, West Virginia,” reads the market’s website, sproutingfarms.org. “GFK’s processors are trained in their craft, proud of their work, and personally motivated to ensure its products are of the highest possible quality. Greenville Farm Kitchen is proud to be part of a local food value chain that brings fresh, in-season fruits and vegetables from family and community farms to West Virginia customers.​ GFK utilizes West Virginia- and Central Appalachian-grown produce to develop products such as apple chips and frozen produce, while also providing workforce training for underemployed people and experiential learning opportunities for college students.”

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