Farmers market offering WIC vouchers, guest speaker Tuesday

Published 12:20 pm Monday, June 26, 2017

The Winchester-Clark County Farmers Market will be offering vouchers to people taking part in the Women Infants and Children (WIC) food nutritional service Tuesday afternoon.

The vouchers will be offered while the market is open, which lasts from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays on Depot Street.

According to Cara O’Neill with the Clark County Health Department, the vouchers are worth $4 apiece, and each participant will receive $16 total.  They are good through October 31.

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“They will be available until we run out,” O’Neill said. “We have enough for around 70 current WIC participants.”

According to information from the farmers market’s facebook page, the vouchers can be redeemed immediately and used to purchase produce grown by local farmers who offer free samples of their products.

“They can only use the vouchers to purchase fruits and vegetables from local vendors that grew the food themselves,” market president Molly Stotts said.

Some dollars will additionally be eligible to be doubled through a federal program by speaking with the market manager, the Facebook page stated.

“Beginning in July they will be able to double a certain portion,” Stotts said.

In addition to its Tuesday afternoon hours, the farmers market is open from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays.

On June 27, the market will host guest speaker and rapper Farmer Brown. Farmer Brown, AKA Kentucky State University graduate Trevor Claiborn, adopted the persona to help inspire a new generation of gardeners and farmers.

Farmer Brown will speak to market-goers about gardening and agriculture. He typically speaks to elementary and high-school age students.