NYC farmers' markets provide an opportunity for residents to buy fresh and affordable produce while supporting regional farmers. The Health Department offers three farmers' market-based programs:
Health Bucks are $2 coupons that can be used to purchase fruits and vegetables at all farmers’ markets in NYC. They are developed and distributed by the NYC Health Department.
The 2014 Health Bucks season is over. Check back in Spring 2015 to apply for Health Bucks.
From July 1 thru November 15, all farmers' markets that accept food stamps (Electronic Benefit Transfer/EBT) will give one Health Buck coupon to each customer for every $5 spent using food stamps. Community organizations may apply to receive Health Bucks to distribute to their clients as an incentive to support nutrition education and other health-related activities.
Stellar Farmers' Markets
The Health Department works to ensure that farmers' markets are not just places to purchase healthy, local food, but also places for New Yorkers to engage in community activities and receive resources on how to lead healthier lives.
The Stellar Farmers' Market program promotes the benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables and improves the ability of New Yorkers to prepare healthy meals using locally grown, seasonal produce. Using the “Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables” curriculum, Stellar Farmers' Market nutritionists provide free, comprehensive nutrition education workshops and cooking demonstrations at select farmers' markets throughout NYC. Workshops include topics such as healthy eating, food resource management, food safety, and tips on saving money when food shopping.
► See the Stellar Farmers' Markets YouTube video
Come See What’s Cookin’ Kids!
Come See What’s Cookin’ KIDS! provides FREE food-based activities for children at select farmers’ markets. Bilingual classes encourage children to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables by engaging them in a variety of hands-on activities. Children explore new fruits and vegetables grown by a local farmer, taste featured recipes and receive a $2 Health Bucks coupon! Topics include: where fruits and vegetables grow, smart snacking, tasting new foods and eating a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables.
Farmers’ Market Walking Tours:
For more information about the Health Department’s farmers’ market work,
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