Public Service Message from Rockland County Department of Health
Wondering what to make for dinner tonight? The Rockland County Department of Health suggests you shop at one of the many local Farmers’ Markets to find fresh, delicious and nutritious food! “Since the produce is locally grown, it does not have to travel as far as the typical grocery store fruit or vegetable; it’s usually fresher, picked at the peak of flavor, and rich in vitamins and minerals,” said Dr. Joan Facelle, Rockland County Commissioner of Health.
If you are a WIC participant or senior citizen, you may qualify for Farmers’ Market coupons. Call 364-2577 (WIC participants) or 364-2110 (senior citizens) to see if you are eligible. These can be used through out the Farmers’ Market season, from June through November 15. WIC participants can use their fruit and vegetable vouchers at many local Farmers’ Markets.
Want even more good reasons to shop at Farmers’ Markets:
You can’t get fresher fruits and vegetables unless you grow them yourself!
You get more variety and unique flavors than you get at the supermarket.
You get the best that the season offers, including apples, corn, tomatoes and squash.
You are helping the environment, since less packaging and less fuel is needed to transport locally grown produce.
You help sustain agriculture and support local farmers.
You can get great cooking tips and recipes.
You get more than just food – many fun events often take place at Rockland Farmers’ Markets, such as recipe contests, wine tasting, composting classes, cooking demonstrations, and listening to live music.
You help create a sense of community – knowing where your food comes from connects you to the people who grow it.
With all these great reasons in mind, it makes sense to shop at one of the following Farmers’ Markets:
Haverstraw Farmers’ Market, Sundays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., June 3 through October 28
Located in front of the Haverstraw Village Hall on Maple Avenue
Bus Routes: TOR #91, Red & Tan #11A
New this season: accepts Food Stamp (EBT) cards
Nyack Farmers’ Market, Thursdays from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., May 10 through November 21
Located at the Municipal Parking Lot on Main Street
Bus Routes: TOR #59, #91, #92, TAPPAN ZEExpress, Red & Tan #9 – 9A
Piermont Farmers’ Market, Sundays from 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., June 27 through November 18
Located at the corner of Piermont Avenue and Ash Street
Bus Route: Red & Tan #9A
Spring Valley Farmers’ Market, Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., July 11 through November 14
Located at the Community Parking Lot on North Church Street and Route 45 (Main Street)
Bus Routes: TOR #59, #91, #92, #94 TAPPAN ZEExpress, Red & Tan #11A and #11C
Suffern Farmers’ Market, Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., June 11 through November 19
Located at the corner of Lafayette and Orange Avenues
Bus Routes: TOR #59, #93, LOOP #3
Valley Cottage Farmers’ Market, Sundays from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., June 10 through November 18
Located in the Town Commuter Lot at 1 New Lake Road
Bus Routes: TOR #91