With over 700,000 children living in “food challenged” households in the state of Georgia The Mulberry Street Market in Macon GA is stepping up to the plate to help people out. By partnering with Community Health Works and Wholesome Wave, the market will double the value of SNAP program participant’s purchasing power. “It’s a simple program” explains Naomi Davis, a market vendor. “Go to the white Community Healthworks tent and tell them how much you want to spend from your SNAP card at the market. They will give you double the value in wooden tokens, which the market vendors take same as cash.” Items available for purchase include locally grown, seasonal produce such as sweet potatoes, eggplant, radishes, sweet bell peppers, hot peppers, garlic chives, beans, and okra. Locally raised meats include beef and pork. Local eggs along with local milk, buttermilk, butter, cheese and ice cream are available.
The market hours are 4:00 to 7:00 every Wed. through Thanksgiving. Market vendors will be happy take holiday orders for baked items such as pies, cookies, cheese cake, baguettes, breads, salsa and more. This Wed. Sept. 21 free activities for children will include Edible Aquifers, an activity that helps children understand the effects of erosion. To keep children physically active a Hoola Hoop demonstration will take place, with children encouraged to participate and try something new. For further information see the market facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/MulberryStreetMarket?ref=ts, or call 478-836-4564.