The availability of fresh produce at traditional farmer’s markets helps encourage healthy options, but two markets being offered this summer will take that concept up a notch. For the second year …
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The availability of fresh produce at traditional farmer’s markets helps encourage healthy options, but two markets being offered this summer will take that concept up a notch.
For the second year in a row, the American Heart Association, along with a number of community partners, will offer Healthy Farmer’s Markets at two Anythink Libraries location this summer.
These markets offer more than just fresh fruit and vegetables, cottage foods, and crafts. They feature cooking demonstrations and classes from Cooking Matters, distribute recipes and nutrition information, hand out RTD vouchers, offer preventative health screenings and checkups with local medical providers, and educate attendees on diabetes and more.
Attendees also can get help with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and WIC enrollments, and the markets accept SNAP and DoubleUp Food Bucks.
The first Healthy Farmer’s Market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Tuesday starting July 9 at Anythink Huron Street Library, 9417 Huron St., Thornton. The second is open from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. every Thursday starting July 10 at Anythink Wright Farms Library, 5877 E. 120th Ave., Thornton. Both markets will continue throughout the summer until the second week of October.
According to the American Heart Association, access to healthy, affordable food plays a critical role in heart health. Healthy eating starts with healthy food choices. By supporting the Healthy Farmer’s Markets effort, the association aims to provide families with affordable access to fruits and vegetables while tying in critical nutrition awareness and information to build lasting health habits.
According to a news release, one Anythink librarian said she noticed three teenage boys who bought peaches and mangos at the market last summer. When they brought their snacks into the library, she commented on their healthy choices. They told her that they usually stop at the corner market for chips, but opted for the healthier snack because the market was open, the release said.
In addition to the heart association and Anythink Libraries, the City of Thornton, Lulu’s Farm, Miller Farms and Tri-County Health Department are partners in the Healthy Farmer’s Markets.
To learn more, go to https://www.tchd.org/801/Healthy-Farmers-Markets.
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