WIC and farmers’ markets in Potsdam and Ogdensburg to get more fresh produce to families
Sunday, July 11, 2010 - 7:26 am

Local agencies and area farmers’ markets are teaming up to increase access to the season’s best fruits, vegetables and herbs.

The North Country Children’s Clinic, Ogdensburg Green Market, and Potsdam Farmers’ Market will host satellite farmers’ markets at the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) clinics in Ogdensburg and Potsdam in July, August and September.

These outreach markets will be set up in the clinic parking lots at the Presbyterian Church, 423 Ford St., Ogdensburg on Wednesdays, July 14, Aug. 11, and Sept. 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and at the New Hope Church, 33 Grant St., Potsdam on Mondays, July 19, Aug. 16, and Sept. 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The markets are intended to introduce families at the WIC clinics to farmers’ markets and encourage their use of the Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks – a special benefit for WIC families and eligible seniors to be used only at farmers’ markets for New York State-grown produce.

According to St. Lawrence County WIC Coordinator Barb Rascoe, “We have many families that look forward to the farmers’ markets checks and use them to purchase healthy foods for their children, but we also have many that can’t fit the farmers’ market into their schedule. The satellites will be a way to reach out to these families.”

To learn more, contact the North Country Children’s Clinic at 386-8128.

For more information on the senior checks to be distributed mid-July, contact St. Lawrence County Office for the Aging, 386-4730.

Support for the satellite market initiative and educational programming comes from Cornell Cooperative Extension St. Lawrence County; GardenShare; North Country Children’s Clinic WIC Office; the Ogdensburg, Potsdam and Canton Farmers’ Markets; and St. Lawrence County Office for the Aging. Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County provides equal program and employment opportunities.