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Mobile farmers market returns with new rules

The Mobile Farmers Market in Franklin and Clinton counties has returned to make stops around communities and sell fruit, vegetables and baked goods, with new COVID-19 rules, including strict physical distancing.

The Mobile Market will continue to accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and, new this year, will also let consumers use farmers market vouchers.

A program of the Joint Council for Economic Opportunity and the North Country Healthy Heart Network, the Mobile Market made its debut in 2018 and has been expanding since.

“It is perhaps more important now than ever to ensure that our communities have access to fresh fruits and vegetables,” Richard Lavigne, JCEO’s food services director, said. “For those who are at higher risk for COVID-19 infection, bringing the market directly to their communities and helping to limit travel is essential.”

This year, the market will include a Family Fun Challenge, a series of activities that encourage families to be creative and learn about local food programs.

Schedules

Mobile Market Bus #1 — fresh veggies, baked goods, salad bar — schedule: ¯ Mondays: Saranac Lake Adult Center, 10 a.m. to noon; Tupper Lake Adult Center, 12:30 to 2 p.m.

¯ Tuesdays: Waverly Town Offices, 10 a.m. to noon; Malone Court House, noon to 2 p.m.

¯ Wednesdays: UVM Alice Center Nursing Home, 10 to 11:15 a.m.; UVM Alice Hyde Hospital, 11:15 a.m. to 2 p.m.

¯ Thursdays: Citizen Advocates, 10 to 11:30 a.m.; Malone Court House, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

¯ Fridays: Malone Chamber of Commerce, 10 to 11:30 a.m.; Malone Social Services, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Mobile Market Bus #2 schedule: ¯ Mondays: Churubusco/Summit Park, 10 a.m. to noon; Ellenburg Municipal Center, 12:15 to 2 p.m.

¯ Tuesdays: Westville Center, 10 a.m. to noon; Fort Covington/Rainbow Park, noon to 2 p.m.

¯ Wednesdays: Trails of Malone, 10 a.m. to noon; Owl’s Head, 12:30 to 2 p.m.

¯ Thursdays: Catherine St. Housing, 10 11:15 a.m.; Elm St. Housing, 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.; Sawyer St. Housing, 1 to 2 p.m.

¯ Fridays: Lyon Mountain, 10 a.m. to noon; Brainardsville, 12:30 to 2 p.m.

These schedules are subject to change.

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