Fresh produce Markets
In an effort to bring fresh, healthy, local and Michigan-grown produce directly to senior citizens of Montmorency County, senior pop-up produce markets will be held weekly at the Lewiston, Atlanta & Hillman Senior centers beginning in late June. Seniors can purchase fresh produce at their respective Senior Center on a designated day and time. Each pop-up market will be open for approximately one hour every Tuesday. The tentative schedule is as follows:
Atlanta: (Farmers Market) 10-3PM each Saturday
2023 dates: July 4, 11, 18, 25 August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Sept 5, 12, 19, 26 Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Each Tuesday through the growing season, Rose City Greenhouse & Allen's Produce, LLC will have $20 pre-ordered boxed produce available for purchase. Early in the season, availability will be limited but we anticipate having early squash, strawberries and cherries in June, with the product list expanding to include cucumbers, corn, tomatoes, peppers, herbs, cabbage, and more as the growing season progresses.
Allen's Produce is a family owned and operated farm in Ogemaw County and takes pride in fresh, locally grown produce for their customers. Some early season products are sourced from farms in southern Michigan, but the majority of the produce will be grown within 60 miles of Montmorency County residents! This means that the produce will be fresher, taste better, last longer, and the dollars spent will help grow our local economy.
Cash and Senior Project Fresh coupons will be accepted, along with SNAP benefits for those who qualify.
Steve Wright, Healthy Food Coordinator in Alpena, Alcona & Montmorency counties will be available to talk to seniors about the program. Gauging participation in the program will help determine interest and amount of produce available each week.
For questions and more information contact Steve Wright, Healthy Food Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 989-464-5556
This initiative is part of the Healthy NE Michigan project funded by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation, the Michigan Health Endowment Fund and the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.