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Wabasha Farmer's Market

Pulling together people, providers, and producers

 

There’s a lot going on at Saint Elizabeth’s Medical Center on a Monday afternoon.

The farmers market in the parking lot is the most visible sign of an interconnected effort to make the healthy choice the easy choice. Low-income clients are able to use their SNAP benefits at the market (the local food pantry is also in the medical center). SNAP-Ed Educator Annette Shepardson teaches cooking and nutrition classes for SNAP clients, where they learn different ways to use produce and get recipe ideas. Doctors, dietitians, nurses, and even social workers refer patients to her classes.

"I have had several participants come and see me from the classes. They have been very excited about what they learned and are looking around the market for new things to cook!” said Sara George, manager of the Wabasha Farmers Market manager. “It is like they can’t wait to try something new for themselves.”

The farmers market has another incentive for low-income shoppers: Market Bucks. “I have also had comments about how they didn’t know about the EBT/Market Bucks Program that is sponsored by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Center for Prevention,” George said. “They have been asking lots of questions about how it all works!”

This partnership between the Wabasha Farmer’s Market and Health and Nutrition is all about setting up people to succeed in making lasting healthy changes.

To connect with the Wabasha Farmer’s Market, visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/wabashafm

For a map of farmers markets that accept EBT, visit our Farmers Markets page: English | español

SNAP Education (SNAP-Ed)

Helping Minnesotans with limited financial resources make the healthy choice the easy choice.

Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)

Teaching limited resource families in the Twin Cities to eat smarter and move more.

Cooking Matters® Minnesota

Hands-on, cooking-based nutrition education programs that help low-income families prepare healthy meals.

I CAN Prevent Diabetes

This lifestyle change program provides tools for adults to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.

Related Resources

Promoting Healthy Eating at Food Shelves — This comprehensive guide has dozens of tips and resources for your local food shelf. (794 K PDF)

Minnesota Food and Nutrition Network Contact us to join this listserv and connect with other health- and nutrition-focused professionals.

Active Living and Healthy Eating on a Budget — Short video that shows healthy choices are possible even with a limited budget. English | español | Lus HmoobSoomaali

Nutrition for the Underserved: The Implications — Results from focus groups with limited resource individuals. Highlights implications for four different cultural groups.

Other Resources

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Food Assistance ProgramsMinnesota Department of Human Services — Learn how to apply for food assistance and other food support.

Find Hunger and Food ResourcesHunger Solutions Minnesota — Find a food shelf, Meals on Wheels, Summer Food Service Program, food support office, or WIC program near you.

Women, Infants, & Children (WIC) ProgramMinnesota Department of Health — Supplemental food program for pregnant women, infants and children. Find an office near you: English | español | Lus Hmoob | Soomaali

Bridge to Benefits Minnesota — Children's Defense Fund — Learn about support programs and tax credits; see if you are eligible. English | español

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