The Chesapeake Health Dept. opens weekly farmer’s market to increase access to fresh food

The Chesapeake Health Dept.  opens weekly farmer’s market to increase access to fresh food

B & H Produce is the farm hosting the market every week. Howard Piland is one of the owners, and said this is his fourth year doing this weekly market. “We started off – it used to be 30 dollars per family, and last year, they increased it to 30 dollars per person,” explained Stevens. “It’s all the new faces that come up here every year,” said Piland. “It’s good. It’s good for me, good for them.”

The program isn’t limited to having a farmer’s voucher to get produce. Families can also use any SNAP benefit cards or other means.  “If you’re financially eligible, then you qualify,” said Stevens. “During the pandemic, the gratitude has been off the charts, because families were so food insecure. We definitely saw a rise in our participation.”

Stevens said after a tough year with the pandemic, the department saw a growing need for support, which is something they were able to fulfill. Kimi Stevens, a public relations representative for CHD, said the department started the initiative to help families in their WIC nutrition program get farmer’s market vouchers.

Source You do not need to be in a nutrition or benefits program to purchase food from the farmer’s market. 

It’s set up behind Chesapeake Regional Healthcare, at 748 Battlefield Blvd. North. The farmer’s market is held every Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. from April through the day before Thanksgiving. 

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