The Newport Farmer’s Market kicks off Saturday morning at 9am on the south lawn of Newport City Hall and onto Avery Street. It’s a springtime tradition around Newport and surrounding areas as the first more common kinds of produce are brought to market. The winter farmers market just finished up a few weeks ago after a successful first run. And they’ll kick back in when the Spring-Summer-Fall Farmers Market takes a break. But in the meantime help support our local growers and do yourself a favor by eating locally produced and home grown fresh food at the Newport Farmers Market. At 9 am the fun begins.
And…by the way…
Did you know you can use your federal food benefits at the Newport Farmers’ Market? Adults and families who are enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP formerly foodstamps) can use their Oregon Trail card at the farmers’ market to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables, plant starts, meat, dairy and bread. Through Ten Rivers Food Web’s That’s My Farmer SNAP Incentive Program, people who spend at least $6 of their SNAP benefits at the market get an extra $6 in market tokens redeemable for fresh foods.
Hunger is a huge issue in the area. In Lincoln County, over 9,000 people rely on SNAP each month bringing in an estimated $15 million into the local economy annually. 33% of children are on SNAP, far outpacing the national average. The “That’s My Farmer” SNAP Incentive Program helps put more fresh fruits and vegetables on family tables and puts more money into the hands of local producers.
Ten Rivers Food Web piloted the SNAP incentive program at the Newport Farmers’ Market last year and saw the number of SNAP transactions double over the previous year. SNAP clients there spent almost $5,000 of their benefits on local food. To keep funding this program the Lemonade Project at the Newport Farmers’ Market sells lemonade with proceeds funding the SNAP incentive. Stop by and buy some freshly squeezed lemonade or volunteer your time selling lemonade. The Newport Farmers’ Market starts this Saturday, May 12th from 9am to 1pm located off of Hwy 101, one block South of Hwy 20.
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