The Danbury Farmers’ Market Community Collaborative has exciting plans for 2018! Some of these include:
- SAME GREAT LOCATION-DANBURY GREEN with Complimentary Parking next to the market @ the Patriot Garage.
- Market hours will be Saturdays, from 10am-2pm.
- SNAP match will stay at $25 per market.
- WIC and Senior FMNP match will be $9 per market.
- Veterans and Seniors will be provided market produce certificates to encourage increased intake of fruits and veggies, to promote health.
- Increase programing of nutrition workshops, health screening promotion, wellness activities, and dance.
- Live music will fill the air each week.
- Food trucks will provide great nourishment while you shop.
- Free downtown trolley service will be provided along with free bus passes.
For more information, please contact:
Peggy Zamore, CD-N, MPH
Director/Nutritionist, DFMCC Better Food for Better Health
We will be posting a list of the products you will be able to find at the Danbury Farmers’ Market as they come into season. Below is the CT Department of Agriculture’s Connecticut Grown Crop Availability Calendar.
Equitable Access to Local Fresh Food: Making it a Reality
The Senior Incentive Program provided $15 in Market Produce Certificates for seniors participating in Senior Center, Housing Authority or at- the- market nutrition programing. Over $14,000 in certificates were redeemed, up from $8300 in 2016, for fresh market produce by the seniors.
A bigger DFMCC Veterans’ Program provided any veteran $15 in market produce certificates with $2525 redeemed by veterans through the season.
DFMCC increased fruit and vegetable purchasing power of the target population, by about $45,000, up about 40% from last year, which in turn provided equal direct vendor benefit. SNAP match reached $4,600. The total WIC FMNP match was about $14,000; Senior FMNP match was about $5,500.
Making It Work…
- The bilingual (Spanish and English) program manager critical to success and will continue. Multi-language volunteers provided vital support each week.
- Transportation is identified as a barrier to using the market so HARTransit provided 125 bus passes, making access to fresh food possible for many. Danbury Housing Authority provided bus service for their clients and the Danbury Senior Center provided bus service for their clients.
- Bi-monthly market food and nutrition sessions focused on market produce with $15 in market produce coupons provided as an incentive to purchase the produce.
- Acceptance of debit and credit cards improved sales for the vendors, keeping the market more vibrant.
- Vendors indicated the program “greatly increased” sales.