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New farmer’s market opens at DSS building

 

Contributed Leigh Guth, with the NC Cooperative Extension, distributes tokens to a customer.

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Leigh Guth, with the NC Cooperative Extension, distributes tokens to a customer.

 

Staff report

 

A new farmer’s market has opened at the Lincoln County Department of Social Services building in Lincolnton, and it accepts SNAP and EBT benefits.

The N.C. Cooperative Extension Service partnered with the DSS, the Lincoln County Health Department and the Community Transformation Grant Project to bring the market to fruition, according to a press release.

The market will operate from 1-5 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of every month.

“This market is a great way to increase access to and hopefully increase fruit and vegetable consumption by residents in Lincoln County,” said Kellie Hull, Healthy Food Environment Coordinator for the Community Transformation Grant Project in a press release. “Leigh Guth (NC Cooperative Extension agent) worked hard to get this market going and to ensure that it would be able to accept debit transactions as well as SNAP/EBT benefits. Markets that accept SNAP benefits greatly enhance the market’s accessibility for low-income shoppers and provide another way for customers to eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables each day.”

The Community Transformation Grant Project contributed signs, cooking equipment and advertising to the new market.

For more information about the new market, visit www.lincolncountyfarmersmarket.com

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