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Access to fresh and affordable produce can be a challenge for low-income families in South Corvallis. Research indicates that fruit and vegetable consumption plays an important role in a healthy diet, optimal growth, weight management, and prevention of chronic diseases. To improve access to healthy and affordable produce, the Healthy Youth Program developed the Lincoln Farmers Market, which provides fresh produce at a reduced cost to South Corvallis community members.
Now in its second year, the Lincoln Farmers Market features fresh fruits and vegetables grown at the Lincoln Garden at Lincoln Elementary School and the Spartan Garden at Corvallis High School. Both gardens are managed by the Healthy Youth Program and are maintained with the help of Oregon State University student volunteers and high school students who are enrolled in our Spartan Urban Farm Fellowship program. The Spartan Urban Farm Fellows help with garden maintenance throughout the school year and assist with harvesting and selling produce at the market during the summer months.
The fresh produce available at the market is offered at a reduced cost to ensure that families are able to purchase fresh, local food at an affordable price point. Families participating in SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) are able to buy produce for 50 percent of the already discounted price.
If you are interested in getting involved, there are a number of ways you can help support the market:
Starting at the end of May, the Lincoln Farmers Market is open every Wednesday afternoon from 3:30-6:00 PM at Lincoln Elementary School and will continue to run through October. To learn more about the background of this project, please read the Lincoln Farmers Market Report.
Sponsored in part by Starker Forests, Inc.