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Moultrie 'WIC Farmers' Market' opens

MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) - Fresh, locally grown fruit and vegetables will be available to nutritionally at-risk women and children-- through the WIC Farmers' Market at the Colquitt County Health Department through August 4.

The Farmers' Market Program, sponsored by Southwest Health District Nutrition Services, was created to provide locally grown, unprepared produce to nutritionally at-risk WIC participants and to expand consumers' awareness and use of farmers' markets.

“It’s great that the health department is bringing farmers where you can go and get fruit and veggies that are rich and nutrient for your kids,” said Catherine Madison, mother. 

“I don't have to go to the store and figure out how much I can and can't spend and going over. Here it's perfect,” said Gabriella Gonzalez.

"To take advantage of this opportunity, you must be enrolled in the WIC program and bring your WIC Identification Card," said Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Kisha Evans.

"Your Farmers' Market Checks - which have a $30 value - can be received the day you receive them," Evans said. "The checks are issued on a first come, first served basis."

"The Farmers' Market is expected to be open from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, but times are subject to change," Evans said. "It is a good idea to check first by calling 229-891-7100."

The Farmers' Market allows women, infants 6 months old and over, and children who are certified to receive WIC benefits to receive coupons to purchase fresh vegetables and fruits at WIC-approved local farmers' markets.

It also gives farmers direct access to consumers and an additional way to supplement their incomes.

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