SNAP-To-It! @ Farmers’ Market Program

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For Immediate Release

Contact:                Kelly Streit, MS, RD

OSU Extension Faculty, Clackamas County

Telephone:                       503-557-5885

Date:                                    April 1, 2016

 

OSU Extension Service and the Oregon City Farmers’ Market Offer the SNAP-To-It! @ Farmers’ Market Program, May à October, 2016

 

Join us at the Oregon City Farmers’ Market and participate in the SNAP-To-It! @ Farmers’ Market Program, a series of six educational farmers’ market tours and chef’s demos delivered on the second Saturday of the month, starting on May 14th and concluding on October 8th, 2016.

 

The program begins at 9:15 AM at the Information booth, where SNAP shoppers purchase market tokens with their SNAP EBT cards.  Oregon City participates in the “Double Up Food Bucks Oregon” Program where tokens purchased by SNAP shoppers are matched up to ten dollars each market day. One ten dollar EBT redemption yields twenty dollars of market tokens; ten dollars of which is designated for the purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables.

 

With tokens in hand, shoppers will participate in a guided market tour starting at 9:30 AM. They will be introduced to local farmers who will talk about their farms, farming practices, and also discuss their produce offerings, pricing, and tips for proper storage. The tour is followed by a chef’s demo at 10:00 AM where shoppers watch fresh fruits and vegetables being prepared in simple, flavorful ways, and are provided with recipes and an opportunity to taste the end result.

 

At the conclusion of the program at 10:30 AM, shoppers will receive an insulated shopping bag, calculator, nutrition handouts and recipes, and another five dollars in market tokens.

 

SNAP-To-It! will provide shoppers with the opportunity to maximize their SNAP benefits and their food safety by increasing their knowledge, skills, and confidence to better manage their limited food resources, including how to purchase, store, and prepare fresh fruits and vegetables in easy new ways.  Local farmers will experience increased sales of fruits and vegetables, leading to increased sustainability.

 

The program is funded via a 2016 Clackamas County HEAL Grant.

 

Contact Kelly Streit, Food & Nutrition Instructor, OSU Extension Service, Clackamas County, at kelly.streit@oregonstate.edu, or at 503-557-5885 for additional information.

 

Oregon State University Extension Service

Clackamas County Office

200 Warner Milne Road

Oregon City OR  97045-4096

(503) 655-8631

(503) 655-8636 Fax

Website: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/clackamas

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