Discover Michigan FRESH tours with MSU Extension are here to get people excited about seasonal produce near them. Find an affordable way to get the most delicious and nutritious food in your home!
It’s summertime in Michigan which means one thing: Farmers Markets! Now is the time to start enjoying delicious, locally grown foods at a price you or your family can afford. Are you new to farmers markets or a participant in food assistance programs? Be sure to visit MSU Extension at the market for a tour to acquaint you with all of the resources the market has to offer.
The focus of the tour is to increase confidence navigating the market and using food assistance programs at the market. Many food assistance programs have expanded benefits for participants who shop at farmers markets. For example, many markets are starting to take part in the Double Up Food Bucks program. This allows participants who chose to spend their benefits at the farmer’s market will be matched dollar for dollar up to $20 per day. MSU Extension will further explain all of the programs that have farmers market benefits and help shoppers practice how to use them.
This tour will highlight nutritious food choices the market has to offer. Many markets have a variety of different products that may be unfamiliar. Throughout the tour, you will gain confidence in selecting and storing new, tasty foods. As the tour progresses, you will get to meet and talk to many vendors. It is common for vendors and shoppers to exchange ideas for choosing, storing and cooking their products. Not only will you get the freshest, best tasting food on your plate, but you are supporting local businesses and the environment with every purchase!
With all of the help and advice provided at the tours, you will be equipped to have a healthy, happy summer! Ready to become a farmer’s market expert? Join a tour with MSU Extension at your local market this season. Hope to see you there!
Saturday 8am to 1pm on June 18, July 23, July 30, August 6.