𝗦𝘂𝗺𝗺𝗲𝗿 𝗚𝗿𝗲𝗲𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴𝘀 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗚𝗮𝗿𝗱𝗲𝗻𝗦𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗲
My mind relaxes as I watch my flowers bloom, the leaves continue to grow larger, the grass turns green. My excitement builds as I check on my asparagus patch grow, cut and eat it fresh daily. In May, Canton and Potsdam Farmers Markets opened. What a wonderful day it was to gather and reconnect with vendors who haven’t seen one another since last season, visit with new and returning customers, and of course buying delicious food for my family. I look forward to meeting and developing relationships with new vendors. I encourage you to visit a local farmers market to see what is available. To find more information check out the online food guide.
Erica is fitting right in with her new routine, meeting all the vendors, making connections with community organizations and of course dealing with the North Country weather. She is busy sharing information about GardenShare, the local food system, and promoting the markets. Listen to the NCPR interview “Got SNAP Benefits? You can double your money at farmers markets.” If you have not heard about the season raffle please read on below and visit the market manager’s table before June 22, 2023. Thank you to all the farmers market vendors participating in this season. See you at a farmers market. – Carlene, Executive Director
𝗦𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆 𝗪𝗮𝗹𝗸 – 𝗡𝗼 𝗠𝗶𝗹𝗸
Part of the Canton Dairy Festival
As part of the celebration for June Dairy Month, read No Milk by Jennifer A. Ericsson (Author), Ora Eitan (Illustrator). You can find this story walk in Downtown Canton, Main Street beginning at the St. Lawrence County Chamber and then moving south down the street. Thank you to the local businesses hosting the book in their store front windows. This story walk will be up until Wednesday, June 7, 2023
𝗙𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗵𝗖𝗼𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗰𝘁 𝗙𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗵𝟮𝗬𝗼𝘂 𝗶𝗻𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗮𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝗮𝘃𝗮𝗶𝗹𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗖𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗼𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗣𝗼𝘁𝘀𝗱𝗮𝗺 𝗙𝗮𝗿𝗺𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗸𝗲𝘁𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵 𝗝𝘂𝗻𝗲 𝟯𝟬, 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟯
This program provides double the buying power for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households purchasing food at farmers markets. Eligible families will be able to purchase local fruits, meats, eggs, honey, maple syrup, vegetables and more.
The FreshConnect Fresh2You program works when SNAP households visit the farmers markets manager table to use their card. For every $2 in SNAP benefits spent, customers will receive an additional $2 FreshConnect check. This check can be used to purchase any SNAP eligible food item at the markets.
GardenShare is excited to work with the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets to offer this resource to our community.
𝗘𝗮𝘁 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗦𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗥𝗮𝗳𝗳𝗹𝗲 – 𝗜 𝘃𝗶𝘀𝗶𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗙𝗮𝗿𝗺𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗸𝗲𝘁!
Learn what the market has to offer throughout all of the market seasons but visiting at least three times! (Of course, you can join us many more times if you’d like.) Make a purchase before June 22 and then come to the Market Manager tent to get a spring market stamp, then come back at least once during the summer and fall market season returning your ticket after the fall purchase to be entered into the farmers market raffle. Only Canton, Gouverneur, and Potsdam are participating in the raffle.
𝗣𝗿𝗶𝗱𝗲 𝗠𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗵 𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗙𝗮𝗿𝗺𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗸𝗲𝘁𝘀!
🌽🥕🍓 Calling all farmers market shoppers and community supporters! Join us at the upcoming farmers markets in Gouverneur on June 8, Canton on June 9, and Potsdam on June 10. This year, we’re adding a splash of color and celebration to the markets by inviting everyone to wear their pride attire. Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to connect with local growers, artisans, and your fellow food lovers. Let’s celebrate our vibrant community together! 🌈
𝗪𝗮𝗻𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝘆 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗼𝘂𝗰𝗵 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗳𝗮𝗿𝗺𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗺𝗮𝗿𝗸𝗲𝘁 𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝘆𝗲𝗮𝗿 𝗹𝗼𝗻𝗴?
We are currently building a mailing list specifically to highlight St. Lawrence County Farmers Markets beyond just the market season. Join us for vendor highlights, recipes, and more! If you want to receive please sign up here:
𝗚𝗮𝗿𝗱𝗲𝗻𝗦𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗲’𝘀 𝗨𝗽𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗘𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀
• Fight Hunger Fair and 5K is scheduled for September 17, 2023 at Canton Village Park. The family-fun event is focused on bringing awareness to Hunger Action Month. There will be multiple interactive food focus activities, community partners, and a 5K or 1 mile walk/run fundraising. More information will be coming along in next months newsletter.
• Are you worried you haven’t heard about GardenShare’s annual dinner? Don’t fret we are hosting it this fall. As more details come available from the committee we will share them.