Rutgers Cooperative Extension’s FCHS Offers Healthy Food Tastings and Cooking Demonstrations at Trenton’s Greenwood Ave Farmers Market to Promote Healthy Eating!
Family and Community Health Sciences (FCHS) has been a partner of the Greenwood Ave. Farmers Market since its inception in 2015 when the NJ Partnership for Healthy Kids-Trenton and the Trenton Healthy Food Network received initial funding for the market.
Part of Rutgers Cooperative Extension, FCHS—along with the Mercer SNAP-Ed Program and volunteers—provide cooking demonstrations and food tastings that coordinate with the NJ Department of Agriculture Seasonality Chart and with the local produce available for sale at the market each week.
This gives residents and visitors the opportunity to try new recipes and purchase the produce ingredients on site, encouraging greater consumption of, and access to, fresh fruits and vegetables. Selected recipes are simple and affordable. FCHS also provides copies of the recipe, nutrition education materials and the FCHS Visions newsletter.
The market accepts WIC, SNAP and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers. The average number of weekly visits to the FCHS/SNAP-Ed tent is 75. In the 2016 season, 3940 market consumer visits were logged in and 640 meals were served to kids through federal and local programs.
The 2017 market is open from 1-6pm from June-October at 427 Greenwood Ave. in Trenton.
See the video of the Greenwood Ave. Farmers Market at minute 37:55.