By Frank Lewis
If you like fresh produce, fresh meats, quality baked goods and time to spend with people enjoying their leisure, the place for you is Main Street Portsmouth’s Farmer’s Market, on the esplanade in downtown Portsmouth, and it gets underway for the season on May 17.
“New this year, we’ve partnered with the Scioto County Health Coalition, and they will be doing a program called Healthy Bucks,” Main Street Director Sarah Surina said. “It will focus on children. Children can participate in a featured activity which, by the time they get through the event, they will receive $5 worth of Healthy Bucks which can be spent at any of the Farmer’s Market vendors.”
Surina said the purpose of the Healthy Bucks program is to teach children to eat healthful foods and live a healthy lifestyle.
“This year there is still going to be the produce which changes throughout the season,” Surina said. “We have the honey. We have the fresh farm meat, farm eggs. We do have spices and herbs and mixes as well as baked goods, jams and jellies.”
Surina said SOMC will be bringing along their Pediatric Practice facility to the Farmer’s Market as a part of the event.
“They’ll also be working and setting up at the Market and they will be working with the children as well. That’s another new addition,” Surina said. “They’ll be doing free health screenings and physical activities and music performances.”
Surina said the hours for the Farmer’s Market are 9 a.m. until noon every Saturday.
Frank Lewis can be reached at 740-353-3101, Ext. 252, or on Twitter @FrankLewispdt.