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Community Invited to Discover 10 Benefits of Shopping at Farmers Markets



Sullivan County tells us all about them

10 benefits of shopping at a Farmer's Market

The Sullivan Catskills Farmers Markets collective is inviting the community to join in the celebration of farmers markets during National Farmers Market Week, August 1st through the 7th. For National Farmers Market week, many of the markets will have a special activity or event scheduled like live music or tasting demos.

“Everybody wins at the farmers market, and we have data to back it up. Nine in ten of 398 Catskills shoppers surveyed believe local farmers market food tastes more flavorful and fresher, and 94 percent even think a trip to the market makes it easier to eat healthy. Our farmers win too, with studies showing that they earn over 90 cents per dollar when they sell at farmers markets, as opposed to just 17 cents when selling to grocery stores,” said Melinda Meddaugh, Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County Agriculture and Food Systems Issue Leader.



“When the Sullivan Catskills Farmers Markets say ‘everybody,’” they mean it,” affirmed Sullivan County Public Health Director Nancy McGraw. “Those who receive SNAP, WIC, senior, and veteran benefits all are incentivized to shop local at the markets. WIC mothers and seniors over 60 that meet basic qualifications are able to receive $20 in farmers market checks, free through the Farmers Market Nutrition Coupon (FMNP) program. In fact, SNAP/EBT recipients are given $14 free for every $10 they spend in benefits at the farmers markets.

If you haven’t yet visited a local farmers market, Farmers Market Week is the perfect opportunity to experience today’s farmers market: it’s fun, socially fulfilling, and a great way for the entire family to eat healthier and support our neighbors – hard-working Catskills farmers!

2021 Sullivan County Farmers Market Schedule and Locations:
 
3405 Scenic Route 97 Barryville, NY 12719 (United Methodist Church) 
Saturdays, 10am – 1pm
*Accepts FMNP Coupons
 
A. Dorrer Drive, (Callicoon Creek Park), Callicoon, NY
Sundays, 11am-2pm
*Accepts FMNP Coupons
 
4906 NY-52, Jeffersonville, NY 12748
Sundays, 10am – 1pm
 
3594 State Route 55, Kauneonga Lake, NY
Saturdays, 10am – 1pm
*Accepts FMNP Coupons
 
119 North Main Street, Liberty, NY (Creekside Park)
Fridays, 3  – 6 pm
*Accepts SNAP/EBT, FMNP Coupons
 
Main St., Livingston Manor, NY
Sundays 10am – 2pm
*Accepts FMNP Coupons
 
2948 Route 209, Wurtsboro, NY
Fridays, 4-7pm
*Accepts FMNP Coupons
 
10 Jefferson Street, Monticello, NY (Behind the Ted Stroebele Recreation Center)
Mondays, 10:30am -1pm
*Accepts SNAP/EBT, FMNP Coupons
 
Located behind The Narrowsburg Union, 7 Erie Ave, Narrowsburg, NY
Saturdays, 10 am – 1 pm
*Accepts FMNP Coupons
 
223 Rock Hill Drive, Rock Hill, NY
Saturdays, 10 am – 1 pm
*Accepts FMNP Coupons
 
Niforatos Field, Roscoe, NY
Sundays, 10 am – 2 pm





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