Friday, July 25, 2008
Sunset Farmer's Market tomorrow - bring cash if you've got it
Don't forget about the Farmer's Market on 4th Avenue and 59th/60th tomorrow. It's open at 8 AM and goes on until 5 PM. I highly suggest checking out the white nectarines, basil, and the sweet corn. Mmmmmm.
Although it's known as a "Coupon Market" due to the large numbers of people who utilize EBT/WIC/Farmer's Market coupons, the vendors are very grateful for cash sales. Also, because of the high volume of benefits, which are for fruits and vegetables only, other items like eggs and dairy products don't come to this market. When I spoke to the EBT representative, she said that the more people who come with cash, the better chance there will be of getting vendors to bring things that can't be bought with the coupons.
Another alert for some who may not know: Anyone receiving WIC benefits has the added benefit of getting $24 worth of Farmer's Market coupons to use until the end of the season. It's $24 per household. It's wonderful that the benefits system is finally getting its act together with fresh fruits and vegetables. So much better than the cheaper canned/frozen alternatives. While $24 won't get you a lot, it can certainly supplement other purchases.