ELYRIA — Low-income families will have be able to get produce sold at the Elyria Farmers Market because the market has been approved as a vendor for the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP.
By offering the point-of-sale option, the market will offer SNAP clients access to the fresh fruits and vegetables sold once a week in the city’s Pioneer Plaza on Broad Street. The farmers market, a project of Invest Elyria, should be able to start accepting the electronic balance transfer cards starting Saturday.
“We are excited that we will now be able to offer fresh produce, baked goods, eggs and limited meats to residents that use this program,” said Mary Bryan, head of the community nonprofit organization. “It will be a dollar-for-dollar program this year, with plans to offer incentives next year. Working with the Lorain County Health District has helped bring this to fruition.”
Saturday also will be Kids Day at the market, which will include a variety of activities for kids and families. The market will be open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on this date only.
“We will also have auxiliary officers to visit with the residents and a fire truck present for kids to explore,” Bryan said. “There will be free grab bags, free hotdogs, chips and a drink for kids 12 and under. St. Andrews Church is providing KONA Ice treats for the children. Invest Elyria, Relay for Life and Lorain County Community Action Agency will provide volunteers.”
Invest Elyria will cap off the day with its second East Falls Concert on Kerstetter Way in front of the Elyria Police Department.
The event kicks off at 6 p.m. with games for the kids, face-painting and food trucks. The concert starts at 7 p.m. and will feature Ridge Rock, a local youth band that works with Drew Doman.
Parking is available in the police department’s visitors lot, along Kerstetter Way and across from the park.