Saturday, April 9
Demonstration to feature renowned chef David Bearl
The Southwest Community Farmers Market is proud to partner with the UF/IFAS Extension Family Nutrition Program (FNP), the SNAP-Ed implementing agency in Florida, and Florida Organic Growers’ Fresh Access Bucks (FAB) program to conduct a special cooking demonstration from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 9.
“Eat with the Seasons,” features UF/IFAS Chef David Bearl, American Culinary Federation certified chef for more than 30 years. He will demonstrate seasonal, healthy and easy to prepare market to table recipes using Florida grown produce right from the market.
The Southwest Community Farmers Market is located at Tropical Park, 7900 S.W. 40th Street in Miami. The market is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. year-round.
"South Florida is so full of interesting fruits and vegetables, it's exciting to learn all the different and easy ways to use them to maximize the health benefits and minimize the cost of eating healthy," said Art Friedrich, market manager.
In 2016, 24 FAB markets are partnering with FNP for Eat with the Seasons cooking demonstrations that enable participants to taste new items and learn new, healthy cooking methods featuring seasonal, Florida grown produce, and easy and affordable recipes.
The Fresh Access Bucks (FAB) program is a statewide incentive designed to encourage Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) recipients to redeem their benefits at farmers markets to purchase fresh, healthy foods directly from Florida farmers. At participating markets, Florida Organic Growers matches what a SNAP cardholder spends with FREE Fresh Access Bucks - up to $20, every market day. Customers can use them right away or later on to buy Florida grown fruits and vegetables.
For example, a SNAP shopper who spends $10 of their SNAP benefits at a participating market receives an additional $10 to purchase fresh, local produce. Currently there are 28 farmers markets and 2 Community Supported Agriculture programs (CSAs) participating in Fresh Access Bucks throughout the state. In addition to increasing the affordability and accessibility of healthy foods, nutrition education efforts at FAB markets is integral to increasing the purchase and consumption of fresh, local produce.
FAB is a program of Florida Organic Growers, a nonprofit that supports and promotes organic and sustainable agriculture through education, outreach and advocacy. Funded by the USDA Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), FNP teaches low-income Floridians how to eat healthy and stay active on a budget.