Week 7: Help promote farmers markets as great for families

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Pittsburgh area farmers markets are in full swing, in part thanks to all the delicious summer fruit that’s now ripe for picking. Peaches, nectarines, and apples are plentiful, the berries are fresh off the vine, and ohhh, those tomatoes.

Not to mention all the amazing vendors with their fresh prepared foods. It’s amazing what farm-fresh food tastes like — when it wasn’t made to travel thousands of miles.

Part of making Fresh Access and Food Bucks a success — our programs to make area farmers markets accessible and more affordable to food stamps shoppers — is just making sure people know about the farmers markets and these programs. It also helps to make sure farmers markets are welcoming places where food stamp shoppers won’t be intimidated or judged (unlike what too often happens at check-out in grocery stores).

This week (and all farmers market season, until Thanksgiving!) help get the word out about how family-friendly farmers markets are.

Yes, supporting farmers markets rewards local farmers during market season. But making farmers market shopping a family activity boosts the health and well-being of our children and our communities in so many great ways and for years to come.

THE WHAT-WHERE-WHEN

To help introduce children and families to all the healthy deliciousness farmers markets have to offer, Just Harvest and Adagio Health will be providing kids activities at the following farmers markets starting this week! All children under age 18 can participate in the activities, crafts, games, cooking demos, and give-aways. Each child will receive a $2 Food Bucks coupon (as supplies last).

Wilkinsburg: LifeCare Hospital at 225 Penn Ave. Wilkinsburg, PA 15221
Thursday, July 13th and Aug. 10th (3-6pm)

East Liberty: Station St. and N. Euclid Ave. PGH PA 15206
Monday, July 17th and Aug. 7th 3-6pm)

Swissvale: Lot behind Dickson School at 7301 Schoyer Ave. Swissvale, PA 15218
Saturday, July 22nd, Aug. 5th, and Aug. 12th (9am-12pm)

Squirrel Hill: Behind Murray Ave. business district between Beacon St. & Bartlett St. PGH PA 15217
Sunday, Aug. 13th (9am-12pm)

HOW YOU CAN TAKE ACTION

1. Bring your children out to these farmers markets! Or bring them to any of the 20 Fresh Access farmers markets now operating in the area.

No kids? No problem — we’ve got some you can borrow!
Just kidding. And seriously: we’d love to see you there, whether you’re accompanied or solo.

2. Help get the word out!

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