by Chris Langone
DANBURY, Conn. — Military veterans with a craving for fresh produce and community fun are welcome to $15 Market Gift Certificates on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. at the Danbury Farmers’ Market. Senator Richard Blumenthal and Mark Boughton, Mayor of Danbury will join in Saturday’s festivities at 11, which include live Jazz music, fabulous fresh local food, churros and more!
“Farmers’ Market Veterans Celebration & Appreciation Day is the first event we have that’s just for vets,” said Peggy Zamore, Director of the Better Food for Better Health project of the Danbury Farmers’ Market. “It’s our way of thanking them for their service.” Through this annual program initiated a few years ago by the Connecticut Department of Agriculture, and now administered by the Danbury Farmers’ Market, community veterans can receive $15 in Market Certificates for Health to purchase fruits and vegetables.
Funding for the program over the year has been provided by the Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, with additional funding this season provided by Farm Credit East.
In addition to the certificates for veterans, $15 in market certificates will be given to all who attend the “EAT SMART LIVE STRONG” nutrition workshops at 12:30 and 1:15 p.m. Our market registered dietitian, along with a Spanish translator, will discuss making the best healthy choices at the market and how to chose, prepare and store produce.
Every week, SNAP/Food Stamp benefits are matched up to $20, along with WIC and Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program vouchers. The Farmers’ Market is open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kennedy Park in Danbury through Oct. 22. The market also offers free blood pressure checks and nutrition, health and fitness activities. While certificates must be used on fruits and vegetables, Farmers’ Market shoppers can also purchase clams, fresh baked goods and specialty foods. “This year there is a focus on vets and farming and protecting their health through food and healthy choices,” said Zamore.
For info about FREE parking, the Free downtown trolley and more information about the Danbury Farmers’ Market, visit their website www.danburyfarmersmarket.org or call 203-792-1711.