South Bend, Ind. You still have a few days left to celebrate National Farmers Market Week. With all of the great resources here in Michiana, who wouldn't want to have some delicious sweet corn or freshly picked cherries.
It's a week dedicated to recognizing the important role farmers markets play in the agricultural and food economy. It’s also a way to celebrate how farmers markets connect people from different areas and provide them fresh and healthy food.
Thanks to a new addition at the South Bend Farmers Market, more people will have access to these healthy alternatives.
Just this week, the South Bend Farmers Market received its new POS machine. This weekend, the market plans to accept Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards as a whole. All you have to do is take your card into the office, decide how much you are going to spend, swipe your card and get a voucher to use at any vendor for things like fruits, veggies, baked goods and poultry.
“Sometimes, getting to a location where there are fresh fruits and vegetables might be difficult for people, especially on limited resources, so having this beautiful facility right here and having access to use EBT cards, it’s just a win-win for producers and consumers,” explains Edie Sutton, an extension educator at Purdue University Extension.
At times, produce can be expensive. The best way to keep the cost down is by buying in season. Sutton also recommends shopping around to get the lowest prices.
Another challenge when trying new fruits and veggies, you don’t know how to prepare them. Purdue University Extension has a program to help.
“It’s called the Nutrition Education Program. We have educators who will meet people in groups or even one-on-one who will help them look over their current diet, see areas they might need to make small tweaks to be healthier. Then, we will help them in selecting and using fresh fruits and vegetables,” Sutton continues.
For more information you can call the Purdue Extension office at 574-235-9604