To encourage people to shop at their local farmers market, the Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance is passing out free “Fresh Bucks” at several local businesses during the next two weeks.
“Fresh Bucks” coupons worth $2 each will be distributed during the next two weeks at several Phinney/Greenwood neighborhood businesses, including Greenwood True Value Hardware, Makeda Coffee and Whole Life Yoga, among others (look for Fresh Bucks posters at participating businesses). These coupons can be spent at the Phinney Farmers Market just like cash, on any market Friday, to purchase fresh, healthy fruits, vegetables and other local farm and food items.
The Phinney Farmers Market was chosen to pilot the initiative, which is aimed at expanding sales to local farmers. You can redeem the Fresh Bucks at the Phinney Market next Friday, Sept. 25.
The Phinney Farmers Market is open 3-7 p.m. every Friday through Oct 2, in the lower parking lot of the Phinney Neighborhood Center at 67th and Phinney Ave N. The market features fresh fruits and vegetables from local farms, plus local farmstead cheeses, meats, wild-caught seafood, and other locally-made foods (chocolates, bread, pizza, ice cream, tamales and quesadillas and more).
Despite overall growth in the number of farmers markets in the Puget Sound region over the past 10 years, our region’s farmers, and the local organizations that sponsor farmers markets, are struggling to sustain themselves in this economic climate.