July 12, 2019 - 12:08pm -- byrd.282@osu.edu

Perhaps one of the best parts of summer is the bounty of local fresh fruits and vegetables. A great place to shop for fresh seasonal produce is local farmers’ markets. Our SNAP-Ed team is at the Franklin Park Conservatory Farmers’ Market every Wednesday, 3:30PM – 6:30PM to answer questions and provide assistance in selecting produce. They also have free recipes, cooking demos, and other fun activities. “At the farmer’s market we have a great chance to connect with our community members. We have the ability to educate individuals on OSU Extension and the SNAP-Ed program who might not have already known about our program. Seeing familiar and new faces energizes our commitment to the work we do,” said Nick Glass, SNAP-Ed Program Assistant.

Buying local and eating local benefits your family and the community in many ways, including:

  • Access to fresher, more wholesome foods because it’s harvested at its peak
  • Greater variety of foods
  • Support of local farmers and businesses
  • Connect with fellow community members
  • Families receiving SNAP are able to receive up to $20 in matching funds on qualifying purchases through Produce Perks

“We can’t wait to meet more members of our community and look forward to assisting them in selecting some great fresh produce,” said Anne Salmen, SNAP-Ed Program Assistant. Click here for more information about Franklin County's SNAP-Ed program.