Arlington, Virginia, July 1, 2018 — Farmers markets in Virginia are bustling this summer. Virginia Cooperative Extension will host a Family Fun Day at Arlington Mill Farmers Market on Saturday, July 21st from 9am-1pm. Family Fun Day is a no-cost, community wide nutrition health fair to encourage families to eat healthy and stay active. The event will feature a cooking demonstration led by Virginia Cooperative Extension staff and Master Food Volunteers, along with educational activities for kids.
Almost 100 markets in Virginia now accept SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps. Many sites offer SNAP matching as well. This means if you spend $10 in SNAP benefits, then you will receive an additional $10 in tokens to spend at the market.
Virginia Cooperative Extension’s Family Nutrition Program offers resources such as recipes, tip sheets, seasonal produce calendars, and videos to help you shop at a farmers market and cook delicious, healthy meals. To access these resources and find out if your market accepts SNAP, visit www.eatsmartmovemoreva.org.
Virginia Cooperative Extension is an educational outreach partnership between Virginia Tech and Virginia State University whose mission is to deliver education in agriculture and natural resources, family and consumer sciences, community viability, and 4-H youth development in order to provide solutions to problems facing Virginians. The Family Nutrition Program’s role in this mission is to teach limited-resource families and youth how to make healthy food choices and become good managers of available food resources for optimal health and growth.