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Public Health Farmers Market kicks off

Public Health Farmers Market kicks off

June 07, 2018

Catawba County Public Health’s annual Farmers Market kicked off June 7 with seasonal fruits and vegetables from local farmers.

The weekly market runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursdays through Sept. 27. It is held, weather permitting, in the Public Health parking lot, 3070 11th Ave. Drive SE, Hickory, NC 28602.

The market is open to the public, and cash, debit cards, EBT, WIC and senior farmers market vouchers are accepted. Ample parking is available and the market can also be reached by two Greenway bus routes (routes 3 and 4).

In partnership with the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program, the market’s goal is to improve individual and community health by increasing access to fresh fruits and vegetables. WIC clients receive Farmers Market Nutritional Program vouchers when available to supplement their WIC food benefits with fresh, local produce during the summer months.

Catawba County WIC clients interested in receiving farmers market vouchers this year may call (828) 695-5884 for more information.

WIC is a federal supplemental nutrition program funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women and children up to age five. The program helps prevent nutrition-related problems in pregnancy, infancy and early childhood. WIC vouchers are redeemable at participating food stores and farmer’s markets for fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, milk, juice, eggs, cheese and cereal, among other nutritious items. WIC also provides nutrition and breastfeeding counseling.

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

Catawba County Public Health promotes and protects the health of all Catawba County residents through preventive services, innovative partnerships, and community health improvement initiatives. For more information, please call (828) 695-5800 or visit www.catawbacountync.gov/phealth.