TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - The Toledo Farmers' Market is set up Wednesday for a special event in a different location.
Farmers' markets are usually on Saturdays at the Erie Street Market, but for the third time this year, a Wednesday farmers' market is being held in the Lucas County Job and Family Services parking lot at 3210 Monroe Street from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
This new time and location has been a test run with about a half dozen vendors selling produce and homemade goods. The event is open to the public, but has a special program for those who receive benefits, with a "Double Up Food Bucks" program. The program allows people who are on food stamps to get $40 worth of fresh fruits and vegetables for $20.
Lucas County Commissioner Tina Skeldon Wozniak says the practice run has started to take off, linking local growers to customers, as well as providing new access to healthy foods in central Toledo.
"Eating vegetables, fruits, eating good things help us all be stronger and healthier and we feel better when we eat well. It's a great conversation and local farmers' markets are making a difference in helping people reach good foods at a good, low cost," said Wozniak.
Wozniak says a fourth market is planned at the location for Oct. 10. She is also confident there will be expansion next year.
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