Farmers Market Nutrition Program to connect people with produce

Written by Craig Layne and Radio Pennsylvania | Jul 14, 2013 6:09 AM

(Harrisburg) -- A new initative will help connect Pennsylvanians with more fresh produce from local farmers.

The $7 million Farmers Market Nutrition Program is available to low-income older adults and participants in the "Women Infants and Children," or WIC program.

State Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Samantha Elliot Krepps says it's easy to tell if a farm stand or market is participating.

"You can tell if a farmers market stand is eligible just by going to the stand and asking if they are eligible," Krepps says "There's a green sign that the farmer will post that says Farmers Market Nutrition Program."

More than 1,000 farm stands and farm markets are taking part.

Krepps says plarticipants in WIC, or individuals over 60 who have a single income of less than $21,000 a year can apply for the program.

It runs through November 30.

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