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More people to benefit from farmers’ market program…

VANCOUVER, BC - MAY 4, 2019 - BC Government Ministers Adrian Dix and Melanie Mark make an announcement at the Trout Lake Farmer’s Market May 4, 2019 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Govt of BC)

The BC Association of Farmers’ Markets has expanded the BC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Coupon program to help more lower income households access fresh, locally-grown, healthy food, thanks to support from the Province.

“Building up on last year’s historic provincial expansion of the BC Farmers’ Market Nutrition program, we are further supporting the association to take another step towards helping more families access nutritious, B.C.-grown food. Over this year, another 250 households, or approximately 700 individuals, will benefit from the weekly coupon program during the farmers’ market season,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health.

“The BC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Coupon program is widely supported across the province, given its positive impact on residents and growers alike. Increasing the number of households in the program reflects its success in helping improving health outcomes and local economies.”

The Province provided the BC Association of Farmers’ Markets with three-quarters of a million dollars last year to increase the coupon program budget. This increase contributed to helping the association raise the value of coupons by nearly $100, from $240 per participant household per season, to $336 provided in weekly coupons for four months. The funding increase also went toward increasing the number of expectant mothers participating in the program by 450. This year, the Province is providing the association additional funding of $121,000 to follow through on a plan to expand the program to another 250 households representing approximately 700 individuals. This is in addition to the $1.475 million the program has already received from the province for its 2019 coupon program. Last season, the weekly coupon program benefited more than 3,900 households, representing approximately 11,000 individuals.

“The Farmers’ Market Nutrition Coupon Program is a fantastic initiative that works on multiple levels to support healthy, sustainable communities,” said Vickey Brown, president of the BC Association of Farmers’ Markets. “It both increases access to local, fresh food for families, seniors and pregnant women, and supports local farmers across the province. The program benefits are far reaching and it offers unique opportunities for individuals to connect with each other around food and community.”

This year, the program will run from June 11, 2019, to Nov. 3, 2019, at participating farmers’ markets in 76 communities. It provides families, pregnant women and seniors who are already connected to community agencies that offer nutrition and skills-building programs and supports, with coupons to help them buy local food, including vegetables, fruits, nuts, eggs, dairy, herbs, meat and fish.

The BC Association of Farmers’ Markets is a provincially registered, non-profit society that represents more than 145 farmers’ markets throughout the province. At member markets, the focus is on selling B.C.-grown or processed farm-fresh foods. Vendors must make, bake or grow the products they sell.

Below is a list of a few northern markets…

NORTH

Haida Gwaii

Masset Farmers’ Market
Hours: Fridays 11:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Main St, Haida Gwaii, B.C.
Queen Charlotte Farmers’ Market
Hours: Saturdays 11:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Bay St, Queen Charlotte, B.C.

Sandspit, Moresby Farmers’ Market

Hours: Sundays, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: 406 Copper Bay Rd., Sandspit, B.C.

Tlell Farmers’ Market

Community Partner: Kalum Community Society
Hours: Sundays, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Highway 16, Tlell, B.C.

Hazelton Farmers’ Market

Community Partner: Upper Skeena Community Learning Society (The Learning Shop)
Hours: Sundays, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Highway 16 and Highway 62, New Hazelton, B.C.

Houston Farmer’s Market

Community Partners: Dze L K’ant Friendship Centre and Houston Link to Learning
Hours: Fridays, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Highway 16 and Copeland Avenue, Houston, B.C.

Prince George Farmers’ Market

Community Partners: Carrier Sekani Family Services, Prince George Native Friendship Centre,
Prince George and District Elizabeth Fry Society – Baby’s New Beginnings, Prince George Family
Youth Partnership (Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction)
Hours: Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: 1310 3rd Avenue, Prince George, B.C.

Prince George Wilson Square Community Market

Community Partners: Carrier Sekani Family Services, Prince George Native Friendship Centre,
Prince George and District Elizabeth Fry Society – Baby’s New Beginnings, Prince George Family
Youth Partnership (Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction)
Hours: Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: 3055 Massey Drive, Prince George, B.C.

Quesnel Farmers’ Market

Community Partner: North Cariboo Aboriginal Family Program
Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Helen Dixon Centre, 241 Kinchant Street, Quesnel, B.C.

Smithers: Bulkley Valley Farmers’ Market

Community Partners: Smithers Pregnancy Outreach Program and Smithers Community Services
Hours: Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: Highway 16 and Main Street, Smithers, B.C.

Terrace: Skeena Valley Farmer’s Market

Community Partners: Kalum Community School Society and Terrace Child Development Centre
Hours: Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Market Street at Park Avenue, Terrace, B.C.

Vanderhoof Farmers’ Market

Community Partners: NeighbourLink Vanderhoof
Hours: Thursdays 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: 2566-2714 Church Ave, Vanderhoof, B.C.

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