Boise Farmers Mobile Market, UI Extension Celebrate Farmers Market Week Aug. 7-13
BOISE — Fresh produce for less and more nutritious meals for families will be the focus of a Boise Farmers Mobile Market stop at Boise’s Franklin Grove Apartments from 2-3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, as part of a state and national celebration of farmers markets.
The Idaho Farmers Market Association, University of Idaho Extension’s Eat Smart Idaho and the mobile market will team up to celebrate Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s proclamation honoring Idaho Farmers Market Week, Aug. 7-13.
The Idaho Farmers Market Association is offering a “Double Up Bucks” program at 13 urban and rural markets this summer for families enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Each dollar spent on fruits and vegetables using a SNAP electronic benefits card is doubled for produce purchases up to $10 or $20, depending on the market. More information about the Double Up Bucks program is online at www.idahofma.org/doubleup.
“The wins are three-fold,” said Eileen Stachowski, association director at Boise. “More food dollars stay in the local economy, local farmers gain more customers and families bring home more healthy food!”
UI Extension’s Eat Smart Idaho Program helps teach limited-resource families about planning, shopping and preparing healthy, low-cost food. Nutrition advisors visit farmers markets to provide recipe samples made with market produce. Advisors hand out recipes and nutritional information and answer questions. More information about Eat Smart Idaho is online at www.eatsmartidaho.org.
The Boise Farmers Mobile Market is a cooperative effort by UI Extension, Boise Farmers’ Market, Let’s Move Boise, City of Boise, Partnership for Livable Communities, Idaho Farmer’s Market Association and Idaho Huger Relief Task Force. It began as a pilot effort last year and returned in June with a new wheelchair-accessible van purchased by the Idaho Women’s Charitable Foundation.
The mobile market operates Mondays to Wednesdays with stops at city parks, apartment complexes, a senior living center and the UI Extension Ada County office. A schedule is available on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/BFMMobileMarket.