The Strafford County Public Health Network will be holding the fourth annual Somersworth Farmers Market throughout the summer season. The event, which was created in partnership with Goodwin Community Health and funding through Stonewall Kitchen and the HNH Foundation, will run every Monday from 3-6 p.m. starting June 4th through September 24th on the Goodwin Community Health lawn, 311 Route 108 Somersworth.
The Somersworth Farmers Market is a community event for people of all ages to enjoy. It offers plenty of free parking at a convenient location steps from a COAST bus stop.
“We are incorporating live music and activities for kids to give you a nice tune to listen to while you explore our vendors. We are also including local non- profits to talk about their work in our community and to give people the opportunity to get involved. There will be local restaurants with samples and prepared food for you to taste and buy while you wander our variety of vendors from fruits, vegetables, and even breads and pastries.”
The Strafford County Public Health Network has a goal of improving access to healthy foods to all residents. So the Somersworth Farmers Market is working alongside Seacoast Eat Local, a member of the National Nutrition Incentive Network, to accept SNAP/EBT (food stamp) cards so anyone in the community can access the healthy foods available at market. A matching program is open to all SNAP recipients through Granite State Market Match. The matching program doubles SNAP purchases dollar for dollar, for up to an unlimited event, allowing SNAP customers to double their spending power. SNAP/EBT members had access to over $10,000 to spend at the farmers market, most of which was distributed as free incentives through market match and close the gap programs. As a result, the Somersworth Farmers Market has been the most widely-visited market for SNAP/EBT users for several years.
“Having the market on route of 108 makes it the market to attend this summer” says Corinna Moskal of the Strafford County Public Health Network. “With new additions to the market this season and return vendors, we have more to offer than ever before! In addition to the additions, we also are adding a cooking demo that all participants that attend will receive a $10 voucher to spend at market that day. Please see dates and times on our website at www.scphn.org.
New farmers and vendors are always welcome. 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 Corinna Moskal 603-994-6357 or farmersmarket@GoodwinCH.org. The Somersworth Farmers Market also has a Facebook page at facebook.com/SomersworthFarmersMarket