For Immediate Release: June 15, 2015
Contact: Lynne Richmond
(TRENTON) – New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher today highlighted the opening of community farmers markets around the state by attending the grand opening ceremony for the Greenwood Avenue Farmers Market in Trenton.
New Jersey has about 150 community farmers markets this season. These markets operate one or two days a week, and feature New Jersey farmers selling their just-picked produce.
“Jersey Fresh fruits and vegetables are here and one of the best ways to find them is by visiting your local community farmers market,” said Secretary Fisher. “Markets like the new Greenwood Avenue market provide area residents with access to nutritious, freshly-picked local produce and programs that help with making purchases.”
Secretary Fisher joins other officials to cut the ribbon at the new Greenwood Ave. Farmers Market in Trenton.
Greenwood Avenue Farmers Market will operate Mondays 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. and will feature Norz Hill Farm of Hillsborough. Other items available at the market include meat, bread, baked goods and honey.
The Greenwood Ave. Farmers Market is operated through a partnership between the Trenton YMCA, the New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids and the Trenton Healthy Food Network.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards will be accepted at the market, as will WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program coupons. Farmers at many markets throughout the state participate in the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP), which provides $20 vouchers for the purchase of locally-grown fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) program administered by the State Department of Health gives these vouchers to qualifying individuals, which are valid through November 30.
For complete information on locations, days and hours of community farmers markets throughout New Jersey, visit http://jerseyfresh.nj.gov/find/community.html.
For a chart showing what Jersey Fresh produce is in season, visit www.jerseyfresh.nj.gov/agriculture/jerseyfresh/find/availability.html.
For more information on the WIC and Senior FMNP, visit: www.state.nj.us/agriculture/divisions/md/prog/wic.html.