The Sullivan Catskills Farmers’ Markets collective is inviting the community to join in the celebration of farmers’ markets during National Farmers’ Market Week, August 7th through the 13th. The markets have special activities or events scheduled like a book signing, live music, and cooking demos.
This year, the collective is launching their new website to kick off National Farmers Market Week: SullivanCatskillsFarmersMarkets.org. The website is a new resource to learn more about each farmers market, their location, the farmers themselves, recipes, tips for shopping at the market and how to use different currencies and benefits at the market.
“Farmers markets are inclusive and welcoming, and it starts with the friendly farmers. Ninety two percent of shoppers enjoy meeting farmers. To them, that connection adds even more value to their purchase,” said Melinda Meddaugh, Agriculture and Food Systems Issue Leader of Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County.
“When the Sullivan Catskills Farmers’ Markets say ‘everybody’, they mean it,” affirmed Melinda Meddaugh. “Those who receive SNAP, WIC, senior, and veteran benefits all are incentivized to shop local at the markets. WIC mothers and seniors over 60 that meet basic qualifications are able to receive $25 in farmers’ market checks, free. In fact, SNAP recipients get a $1 for $1 match for fruits and vegetables when they use their EBT card at eligible farmers’ markets. Learn more about receiving these incentives.
Farmers Market Week is the perfect opportunity for anyone who has yet to visit a local market to experience today’s farmers market: it’s fun, socially fulfilling, and a great way for the entire family to eat healthier and support our neighbors – hard-working Catskills farmers!
Check out one of the special events happening at our Sullivan Catskills Farmers Markets during National Farmers Market Week:
Rock Hill Farmers Market
Saturday August 13: Booking Signing with photographer Marisa Scheinfeld, The Borscht Belt.
Kauneonga Lake Farmers Market
Saturday, August 13: Cooking Demo
Livingston Manor Farmers Market
Sunday, August 14: Special Maker Vendors
Sullivan Fresh Monticello Farmers Market
Thursday, August 11: Cooking Demo & Scavenger Hunt for Kids