Bird Day at Ellington Farmers' Market
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In an effort to make healthy locally grown foods more available and affordable to the low the income population, the market has recently acquired a 501c3 non-profit status and hopes to increase funding for their matching SNAP (formally called food stamps) program through tax deductible donations. Last year the market matched over $2000 in SNAP benefits and inspires to increase that amount in 2017. Individuals can receive up to $20 per week in tokens to shop at the market. Over 500 individuals or families receive SNAP benefits in Ellington alone. When including the five towns that boarder Ellington that number increases to over 3200. SNAP transactions can be made at the central market booth with the big green banner.
The market also sponsors a Power of Produce Club for kids 5-12 which will run June 17th through September 2nd. The club empowers kids to make healthy food choices through educational activities, samples of produce and the distribution of $2 tokens for children to purchase fresh produce at the market. Over $1200 dollars in tokens where distributed last year.
Each Saturday guest vendors and special events will focus on a particular theme for that day such as "Happiness is a Warm Puppy" which includes a Rabies and Microchip Clinic, The Zucchini 500 Drag Race and "Youth Market Day" when local youngsters under 18 can sell their home-grown produce. Every market Saturday promises to be a lively community event providing education, entertainment and the celebration of Ellington’s rich agricultural heritage, while promoting and supporting local farmers and entrepreneurs.
Additional market information can be found on the Ellington Farmers Market website www.ellingtonfarmersmarket.com, by following their Facebook page, and by signing up for the weekly newsletter via the website or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations to fund matching SNAP and Kids Power of Produce can be submitted via the website also.