During the 2014 farmers market season, The Baltimore Partnership to End Childhood Hunger, Family League of Baltimore City will once again partner with the University of Maryland Extension’s Food Supplement Nutrition Education Program to offer “Market to Mealtime”, a comprehensive at-market curriculum developed to offer simple, affordable recipes and nutrition advice to consumers at market. During the 2014 farmers market season, Market to Mealtime made its Baltimore City debut on the opening day of 3 institution farmers markets: University of Maryland Medical Center Farmers Market, Johns Hopkins Hospital Farmers Market, and State Center Community Farmers Market. This year, the Maryland Farmers Market Association is pleased to join this fruitful Market to Mealtime collaboration in Baltimore City by assisting with volunteering recruitment and training efforts, facilitating farmers market connections, and providing materials for distribution during Market to Mealtime nutrition education sessions.
Tameka Lance, EBT Coordinator for MDFMA at all 3 institution farmers markets, considers Market to Mealtime to be a vital component of farmers market communities: “I really feel like with our incentive program [Maryland Market Money], it’s great to have someone at market to show you what to do with the produce. When people get to market, they see all of this beautiful produce and sometimes they don’t know what to do with it. Some people get stumped or bored or want new ideas. Market to Mealtime teaches you how to get the most out of your food. That’s always a great thing.” During its debut at all 3 institution markets, Market to Mealtime volunteers interacted with customers at market and distributed recipes cards, featuring fruits and vegetables that are in season during the spring at market.
Farmers markets are eligible to host Market to Mealtime if the market accepts SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits at market. All three institution markets, University of Maryland Medical Center Farmers Market, Johns Hopkins Hospital Farmers Market, and State Center Community Farmers Market accept SNAP at the market level and have WIC-FVC and FMNP certified vendors. In addition, all 3 markets participate in the statewide incentive program, Maryland Market Money, which offers $5 per market, per customer to customers who use their SNAP, WIC-FVC, and/or FMNP at market. For a complete list of farmers market that are participating in Maryland Market Money in Baltimore during the 2014 farmers market season, click here.