The Creston Valley Farmers’ Market is very excited to announce it’s first week of running the 2018 Farmers’ Market Nutrition Coupon Program!

Thirty-two local families, seniors, and pregnant women are enrolled in the program which aims to strengthen food literacy through community programming and access to healthy, affordable food.

The program was expanded this year by $750,000 which boosts weekly coupon allotments from $15 to $21 a week for each participant! Coupons can be redeemed for eligible items sold at the market including fresh vegetables, fruit, herbs, nuts, eggs, milk, cheese, meat, and seafood. While coupons cannot be redeemed for prepared foods such as baked goods, honey, sausages, and preserves, participants often feel empowered to spend money of their own at the market. In fact, for every coupon dollar spent, program participants spend an average of 40 cents on additional market products. Therefore, it is important that the community and market as a whole is oriented on the program, so participants feel supported to continue to practice healthy eating habits even after the program wraps up.

This program is a win-win for any community participating, as lower income families are able to source healthy, local products, farmers and food producers see a boost in revenue, stimulating local economies!

Even if you are not a participant in this year’s FMNCP, come check out the this week’s market for a wide range of locally made, baked, or grown products! Here is a full list of this week’s vendors:

 

  • Aprons With Pizzaz
  • Bootleg Mountain Soap Co.
  • Cookville Community Farm
  • East Shore Advocacy Society
  • Evanly Creations
  • Flamenco Farms
  • Gluten Free Guilt
  • Iron Skillet
  • Kaitlyn McKenzie Art
  • Kootenay Cameos
  • Kootenay Copper
  • Lorr’s Line
  • Moondaughter Jewelry
  • Omi’s Brittle
  • Orde Creek Pottery
  • Patio Pals
  • Picnic Patch
  • Prickly Pear Crafts and Decor
  • Pridham Studios
  • Red Bird Estate Winery
  • Red’s Jewelry
  • Roger’s Crafts and Pat’s Baking
  • Root & Vine Acres
  • Skimmerhorn Studio
  • Skimmerhorn Winery
  • Spectrum Farms
  • Sweet Turtles Chocolates
  • Tarzwell Farms
  • Taynton Bay Spirits
  • The Peppered Pig
  • The Steady Edge
  • Time Flies
  • Treasures From the Heart
  • William Tell
  • Wynndel Craft Distillery
  • Yellow Rose Soap Co.
  • Yum Soaps