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The Strafford County Public Health Network is launching the second year of the Somersworth Farmers Market on Thursday, June 2nd at Goodwin Community Health.

The Strafford County Public Health Network in partnership with Goodwin Community Health and funding through Stonewall Kitchen will be holding the second annual Somersworth Farmers Market throughout the summer season.  The event will run every Thursday from June 2 through September 29 from 3-6 p.m. on the Goodwin Community Health lawn, 311 Route 108 Somersworth.

The Somersworth Farmers Market is an initiative of Strafford County’s Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) to improve access to healthy foods to County residents. The Somersworth Farmers Market will be partnering with Seacoast Eat Local for a second season to accept SNAP/EBT (food stamp) cards. Through this partnership, a matching program is available to all SNAP recipients. The matching program doubles SNAP purchases dollar for dollar, for up to $10, allowing SNAP customers to double their spending power. Additionally, SNAP customers are able to access $20 worth of SNAP tokens at the last market of each month to spend on food at the farmers market. Last year, SNAP was very popular at the market with $5,799 distributed, of which $4,531 were distributed as free incentives.

The Somersworth Farmers Market offers plenty of free parking.

“By having a farmers market in front of a community health center and providing SNAP with matching incentives we hope to improve access to healthy, local foods for everyone in the community,” says Mollie Behan of The Strafford County Public Health Network.  “The convenient location at Goodwin Community Health which has a bus stop out front and is along the busy Route 108 corridor makes it easy for commuters to stop by and brings great visibility for farmers and other vendors.”

The Somersworth Farmers Market is accessible via the COAST bus and offers plenty of free parking.

Farmers interested in becoming a vendor at The Somersworth Farmers Market can download and submit applications at www.scphn.org/somersworth-farmers-market

For more information or to get involved please contact Mollie Behan 603-516-2579 or farmersmarket@GoodwinCH.org. The Somersworth Farmers Market also has a Facebook page at facebook.com/SomersworthFarmersMarket

About The Strafford County Public Health Network

The Strafford County Public Health Network exists to improve the health, wellness, and quality of life for all individuals in Strafford County.  It is one of 13 networks across the State of New Hampshire that work together to align multiple public health priorities into one integrated system. The Strafford County Public Health Network is representative of Dover, Rochester, Durham, Somersworth, Barrington, Farmington, Milton, Lee, Strafford, New Durham, Rollinsford, Middleton, Madbury, and the University of New Hampshire. The Strafford County Public Health Network is located at Goodwin Community Health and online at scph.org. To join the PHAC, and for more information about the Strafford County Public Health Network, including a list of contacts, please visit scphn.org

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