By Shay Farmer, Food Access Program Coordinator
This post has been updated with new information as of April 18th, 2018.
Ronan Market: New location- The Ronan Visitor Center on Hwy 93.
Arlee Market: New location- back to the Hangin Art Gallery parking lot. A few vendors will accept Senior Coupons. The market is seeking assistance running the CSA booth.
Find more information with these updates included below.
There are many opportunities for fruit and vegetable farmers and eaters in the Mission Valley to ring in Spring and start the farmers market season off right! Below is an update on nutrition programs at each of four markets in the Mission Valley and opportunities to get involved.
$5,000 has been awarded to the Lake County Council on Aging to assist low-income seniors or elders from Sanders or Lake County that are interested in participating in the Senior Coupon program.
Senior Coupons help seniors purchase more local fresh fruits and vegetables and can be used at any farmers market in Lake County with vendors that accept the coupons. Seniors are encouraged to apply and see if they’re eligible for the program by contacting Dara at: 406-676-2367.
The Polson Farmers Market runs Fridays from 9AM-1PM from May to October, and is located at 3rd & Main. The market accepts credit, debit, and SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). The Polson Farmers Market also accepts Double SNAP Dollars — which matches SNAP purchases of fruits and vegetables, up to $20 — and there are individual vendors that accept Senior Coupons; displayed posters will alert customers as to which vendors accept Senior Coupons.
Senior Coupons help seniors purchase more local fresh fruits and vegetables and can be used at any farmers market in Lake County with vendors that accept the coupons.
The Ronan Farmers Market runs Thursdays from 4-6PM and will start May 10. They are welcoming a new market manager, Jaci. They currently have some vendors that accept Senior Coupons and SNAP. The market will be held at the Ronan Visitor’s Center on Hwy 93.
St. Ignatius Farmers Market (Mission Falls) runs Fridays from 5-7PM from May 11th-October 4th in the former Golden Yoke parking lot. Starting this year, the market will accept credit, debit, and SNAP. They currently have some vendors that accept Senior Coupons.
Arlee Farmers Market This year, the Arlee Farmers Market will be held at the Hangin’ Art Gallery parking lot on Wednesdays from 4-7 p.m. The market is seeking more produce vendors, and assistance running the CSA booth. A few produce vendors will offer Senior Coupons. Contact Patty at 406-240-7175 to volunteer.