Farmers’ Market at CFB Helps Overcome Economic Barriers to Healthy Eating

The Community Food Bank’s Tuesday Farmers’ Market is promoting healthy eating by offering half off on purchases of fruits and vegetables, up to $10.00, when customers use Food Stamps.

The “healthy eating half off purchases” will be offered at the Tuesday Farmers’ Market at 3003 S. Country Club Road beginning January 8 through February 12, 2008.  The Farmers’ Market is open from 8:00 am until Noon.

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association reports that healthy foods cost more than unhealthy ones.  The results indicated that unhealthy, high calorie foods cost about $1.76 per 1,000 calories and that healthy, low calorie foods cost about $18.00 per 1,000 calories. A daily diet of 2,000 calories of healthy foods which includes fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, and whole grains costs nearly ten times more than a diet of unhealthy food. The study’s author added, “The high cost of nutritious foods indicates the need to address the economic barriers to healthy living.”

The healthy foods promotion will provide a six week introduction to Food Stamp users to the Farmers’ Market where they can purchase locally grown fruits and vegetables, learn about gardening classes, visit the Nuestra Tierra Food Bank garden, and enjoy fresh food recipes and preparation demonstrations.

For more information, contact Kelly Watters at (520) 622-0525 x 242 or kwatters@communityfoodbank.com.