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Goshen, N.Y. – Orange County is honoring its veterans this summer through the state’s Veterans Fresh Connect coupon program.
Veterans, service members and their immediate family members are eligible for 10 Fresh Connect Checks valued at $2 each ($20 total) to use at some of the County’s farmers markets. Many of the County’s outdoor summer farmers markets are open weekly for the growing season and most will remain open through October.
“I’m proud that Orange County is recognizing veterans with the Fresh Connect vouchers,” Neuhaus said. “It is a great way to help veterans and thank them for everything they have done for our country. It is also a wonderful way to support the agricultural community.”
Veterans are eligible for one set of vouchers, which helps not only to stretch a food budget but also will also add much-needed fresh fruits and vegetables to the table. Vouchers can be picked up at the following markets:
Friday, July 23rd: Goshen Farmers’ Market
Saturday, July 24th: Port Jervis Farmers’ Market
Tuesday, July 27th: Newburgh Healthy Orange Farmers’ Market
Saturday, July 31st: Middletown Farmers’ Market
Tuesday, August 3rd: Florida Farmers’ Market
“The state’s Fresh Connect food program is a wonderful way for veterans to sample some of the great fresh food being produced by Orange County farms at a reduced cost,” said Christian Farrell, the County’s Veterans Service Agency (VSA) Director.
Orange County’s farmer's markets offer local fruits and vegetables, along with prepared foods, wines, honey, flowers, and everything from meats to quiches. Each market has its own individual character with unique offerings and vendors who take pride in their homegrown products.
To contact the County’s VSA, call 845-291-2470. To find a market near you or learn more about Orange County Agriculture, visit http://www.orangecountygov.com/agriculture or call 845-615-3840 and ask for the Farmers’ Market Coordinator.