Market Blog: The Kindness of Farmers – Montoya’s Farms
by Jane Hess Collins
“Jose Montoya is a very generous farmer who donates to the gleaning program every week. I’ve also seen him give people who are homeless or very low income fresh vegetables and fruit for free or at a very reduced price. He’s a super nice guy.”
That was my introduction to Jose Montoya, co-owner of Montoya’s Farms, in an email from Sara Rhoades, the Old Town Farmer’s Market Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT)/Gleaning Coordinator. Who would not want to meet such a nice guy?
Read the blog here.
Soil to Soul Block Party Event for our SNAP/EBT Double Dollar Program – September 29th!
The Old Town Farmers’ Market SNAP/EBT Double Dollar Fundraising Block Party event is Thursday, September 29th, 2015 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Hotel Monaco.
Since the City began participating in the SNAP program in April 2013, ~ $9,500 in SNAP/EBT tokens have been sold and over $5,300 in Double Dollar tokens have been matched. During this same period more than 795 SNAP customers have shopped at the Old Town Farmers’ Market and benefitted from being able to buy healthy fruits and vegetables to feed their families.
To purchase tickets for this fundraiser and/or make a donation, please click here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/soil-to-soul-tickets-27083115327 or you can purchase tickets at the door on the day of the event.
Fall Produce Coming to Market!
Don’t worry, the berries and tomatoes aren’t gone just yet, but over the next few weeks we’ll start to have more of the beautiful Fall produce at market. Winter squash is on the way, as well as crisp apples, pie pumpkins and sweet potatoes. Looking for your favorite fall item? Don’t forget to check out searchable product list here.
Market to Table: Baked Acorn Squash
Like all of the recipes we like to feature, this simple preparation of the fall staple lets the natural flavor and sweetness shine through! Pick up early season acorn squash from any of our farmers, and find butter at Coulter Farms and Blue Ridge Dairy. Click here for the full recipe.
SNAP/EBT customers – Buy $20, get $20 Free!
The Old Town Farmers’ Market accepts SNAP/EBT and offers customers up to $20 in matching funds. See Double Dollar Brochure – English or Double Dollar Brochure – Spanish for more information. Be sure to make @OldTownMktAlex your market to shop on Saturday mornings.