State Awards $20K To Local Farmers Markets


Nearly $20,000 in state funding has been earmarked for local farmers markets.

It's part of the "FreshConnect" program, which brings fresh food from New York farms to underserved communities throughout the state.

This year, the program will help increase locally-grown food products throughout the state through projects such as youth markets, delivery of products to low-income housing facilities and new initiatives at traditional farmers' markets.

The state awarded $9,961 to the Greater Watertown-North Country Chamber of Commerce for its farmers market.

The Lewis County General Hospital Farmers' Market received $10,000.

Launched in 2011, FreshConnect is designed to foster new farmers' markets and support existing markets that provide fresh produce to high-need areas throughout the state.

In some areas, the program serves rural or urban populations that do not have sufficient access to grocery stores; in others, it provides low-income, high-unemployment neighborhoods with healthy, New York-grown produce, as well as local jobs.

Funding was awarded by way of a competitive process.

In total, 23 projects totaling $260,000 received funding under this request for proposals.

Friday, December 2, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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