The state’s FreshConnect Farmers’ Market program announced awards of more than $350,000 to fund 17 farmers’ markets across New York, with special incentives for SNAP participants and veterans. FreshConnect is designed to help farmers market their products directly to consumers, especially in underserved communities.
“Supporting these marketplaces gives communities greater opportunity to make healthy food choices, grows our thriving agricultural industry, and showcases the world-class products that our farmers provide,” Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said in a press release.
The money will be used to support markets that accept food stamps (SNAP) and involve youth in their operations.
Among those receiving awards were $1,350 to provide tent space at the Downtown Jamestown Farmers’ Market for an EBT machine and SNAP information; food preparation and preservation demonstrations; and radio publicity events.
The Fredonia Farmers’ Market receives $8,000 for its Farm-Fresh Food Assistance Initiative to reach out to low-income residents.
Buffalo’s Massachusetts Avenue Project was awarded $10,000: to operate the MAP Growing Green Mobile Market, with youth employees selling local produce at farm stand sites in the city.