Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program and Constantine Garden Center
Constantine Garden Center participates with both the NYS Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program for both WICS seniors. Here is a little information regarding the NYS Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program from the New York State Department of Health website.
What is Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program?
The Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program provides checks to women, infants, and children through the Women, Infants, and Children Program (WICS) and to seniors through the Commodity Supplemental Food Program for the purchase of locally grown, fresh fruits, and fresh vegetables.
Who Benefits from Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program?
Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program checks enable WIC participants and CSFP seniors to obtain nutritious, fresh produce in addition to the foods WIC and CSFP provide. Approximately 300,000 WIC and CSFP households benefit annually. In 2016, there were 600 farmers’ markets operating in New York State and nearly 1,000 farmers participating in the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program.
In addition to distributing fresh vegetables and fruits, the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program provides nutrition education in a variety of settings.
Importance of Fruits and Vegetables
Most fruits and vegetables are naturally low in calories and provide essential nutrients and dietary fiber. They may also play a role in preventing certain chronic diseases. The Diety Guidelines recommend filling half your plate with colorful fruits and vegetables at each meal. The focus of the national fruits and vegetable program, “Fruits & Veggies – More Matters,” is to promote improved health through increased consumption of fruits and vegetables. For more information, click here.
For more information regarding the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, click here.
How We Participate
The Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program offered to both WIC for women and children, and Commodity Supplemental Food Program for seniors is a great service provided to many different communities in New York State, and Constantine Garden Center is happy to participate in this amazing program to benefit the community. For more information on how we participate, contact us today or come see us at Constantine Garden Center.