Southeast Washington: Farmer’s Market Season

05 Jun 2024, by Admin in Harvest VISTA, Washington state, Blue Mountain Action Council

Mika is an AmeriCorps member serving in Harvest VISTA Program focused on the sustainable agriculture and food programs. She is serving at the Blue Mountain Action Council as the Community Food Systems VISTA Coordinator in Walla Walla, Washington. Her service will help bring new relations for the food bank and local farms to bring fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, and dairy products to low-income communities. Her goal is to help alleviate poverty in the 5 surrounding counties by creating a lasting system to expand the organizational outreach.

On an early Saturday morning in May, BMAC Food Bank started tabling at the local Farmer’s Market to spread awareness of its services, to outreach for volunteers, and to connect with new farmers to work with for gleaning opportunities and purchases.

There were a variety of local vendors at the market and the community had a pleasant time walking around and picking up seasonal produce on a beautiful day. Individuals and families can also utilize the SNAP EBT Market Match program and receive $1 for every $1 in SNAP EBT, up to $25 per day. Clients can spend it on fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs at booths with the FMNP sign. 

These events help bring the community together and spreads the importance of supporting local farmers and purchasing produce that are in season. If communities work together and individuals do their part, they can make a positive impact on the community, environment, and economy overall.