Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Akron Area Farmer's Markets, Produce Perks, and Your Ohio Direction Card

Did you know you can use your Ohio Direction Card/SNAP/Food Assistance Benefits at many local farmer's markets in the Akron area?

Produce Perks are incentive tokens given to customers at participating farmers’ markets who use an Ohio Direction Card to purchase food.  Bring your card to the information booth at participating farm markets (see list below), and ask to withdraw an amount. The market or farm stand will then provide tokens for the transaction in addition to Produce Perks that can be spent on fruits and vegetables. There is a dollar-for-dollar match to every dollar spent (up to $10 per week per market) using an Ohio Direction Card. There is no minimum purchase amount to qualify.  Produce Perks are only good for purchasing fruits and vegetables.

The Ohio Farmer’s Market Senior Nutrition Program also provides coupons to older adults who qualify that can be used at some farmer's markets. See this link for more information and income limits.  To enroll in our area, contact:

Region 10b: Portage, Stark, Summit and Wayne Counties
Area Agency on Aging, 10B, Inc.
Contact: Jill Riffle, (330) 899-5229

Local Farm Market Listing:

OD = Ohio Direction Card
PP = Produce Perks

Kent- Haymaker Farmers Market
Franklin Ave. & Summit Street
Saturdays 9am-1pm
OD: yes; PP: yes
Note: they call Produce Perks “Lettuce Loot”

Chagrin Falls- North Union Farmer’s Market
Bandstand at Triangle Park (North Main and North Franklin Streets)
Sundays 10am-1pm
OD: yes; PP: yes

Peninsula- Countryside Farmers Market at Howe Meadow
4040 Riverview Road
Saturdays, 9am-Noon
OD: yes; PP: yes
Note: they call Produce Perks “Carrot Cash”

Akron- Farmers Market at Highland Square
Conger Avenue and West Market Street
Thursdays 4-7pm
OD: yes; PP: yes
Note: they call Produce Perks “Carrot Cash”

Stow-Community Farmers Market
1567 Pilgrim Drive
Saturdays 9am-12:30pm
OD: yes; PP: no

Munroe Falls-Farmers Market
43 Munroe Falls Avenue
Tuesdays 3-6pm
OD: no; PP: no

Cuyahoga Falls-Farmers Market in the Falls
1201 Grant Avenue
Fridays 3-6pm
OD: no; PP: no

Twinsburg Farmers Market
2695 Creekside Commons Drive
OD: no; PP: no
Thursdays 3-6:30pm

Hudson Farmers Market
Ohio Routes 303 and 91
Saturdays 9am-12:30pm
OD: no; PP: no

Source:  Thanks to Carol Telesman, RN, MSN, for providing this list.

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