Healthy Bucks Saturday

By Frank Lewis - [email protected]

The Main Street Portsmouth Farmer’s Market finishes out its season this Saturday (Oct. 1) on the esplanade in downtown Portsmouth. What also comes to an end for the year is the Healthy Bucks program.

“It’s a program run through the Scioto County Health Coalition,” Malissa Sarver of KDMC ohio said. “It is where one Saturday a month there’s an adult Healthy Bucks weekend, and one Saturday a month there’s a kids Healthy Bucks weekend.”

Each time there is a Healthy Bucks weekend, there are feature tables and participants will go to those tables to get information.

“I’m there once a month,” Sarver said. “And when I’m there I have some type of taste test with a recipe that people can try, and I utilize local in-season produce when I make these things.”

Sarver said one of the reason people don’t get the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables is not knowing how to prepare them.

“They get hand-stamped at all the feature tables,” Sarver said. “Then they go over and get their vouchers and they get five dollars (Healthy Bucks) to spend on healthy items at the market, such as fruits and vegetables and they can get meat.”

Sarver stressed there is no income requirement to participate.

“Anybody in the public can donate to the Scioto County Health Coalition as well,” Sarver said. “If somebody wanted to donate five dollars then that’s going to be another Healthy Bucks voucher that goes toward a child or an adult.”

Sarver said King’s Daughters Medical Center – Ohio is the primary donor along with Fluor BWXT.

By Frank Lewis

[email protected]

Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.

Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.