Ready for Local Fresh Produce? Danbury Farmers Market Opens on June 22

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Ready for Local Fresh Produce? Danbury Farmers Market Opens on June 22

By Angela Barbosa

Wait no longer to start bringing fresh and healthy food to your table. Every Saturday from June 22 through October 19, CityCenter Danbury will be hosting a Farmers’ Market at the Danbury Green on National Place from 10 am to 2 pm, except July 20 and September 7 

Held by the Danbury Farmers’ Market Community Collaborative (DFMCC), the eleven-year event features live music; nutrition, health and fitness activities; and, of course, fresh food from vendors all over Connecticut. 

“On the opening day ceremony, we will be giving out a reusable market bag gift for the first 100 shoppers,” said DFMCC Director/Nutritionist Peggy Zamore, adding, “Live Strong Nutrition programs, at 10:30 am and 12:00 pm, will offer $15.00 incentive coupons for those who attend the program. First come, first served; so come early for a spot.” 

With freshly grown produce, shoreline clams, homemade maple syrup, artisan bread, flowers and jewelry, the market is a one-stop shopping destination for all your healthy food needs and more 

Many vendors speak Spanish and sell veggies and herbs especially for each ethnic group,” explained Zamore. 

Besides shopping for produce and other farm items, educational material and resources will also be available for parents and kids.  

According to Zamore, this year, special family/kid days with extra activities for kids will be available on July 13, August 10 and September 14. There will also be free books for children every week, free blood pressure checks on certain daysa flu shot clinic on October 19, and “No limit for the SNAP match – dollar for dollar – whatever someone wants to spend.” 

Free downtown trolley rides to the market, or just a ride around the town, will be available, along with bus passes through HARTransit for those who need a ride home. 

Almost every week, there will be nutrition/food demos with $15 coupon to spend at the market, and English/Spanish health and fitness information; classes are scheduled throughout the season. More details at the Markets website and FaceBook page at danburyconnecticutfarmersmarket. 

Vouchers/coupons accepted at the Market: 

-Accepting and matching SNAP with no limit per week, by enabling SNAP recipients to use their EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) cards. 

– Matching state Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program vouchers, up to $9 per week, for low-income seniors and recipients of The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. 

– Providing Market Fruit & Veggie gift certificates for veterans. 

-DFMCC is working with the Regional YMCA of Western Connecticut, the Danbury Community Health Center, AmeriCares and the United Way to provide market produce certificates for health to clients in need, who typically do not have access to other food supplement programs.  

There is still time to register as vendor. “June 14, but we’re flexible,” said Zamore. “We offer a new trial period for $25 for a single day. The application is on our website or you can call Amy at CityCenter at 203-792-1711. 

There is complimentary parking at the Patriot Garage located right across from the CityCenter Green at Independence Way.  

To keep up with the Market newsprograms and offerings, and learn details about how to support its programs, visit www.DanburyFarmersMarket.org, contact Peggy Zamore by calling (203) 792-1711 or email at info@danburyfarmersmarket.org.
 

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June 11, 2019

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