Farmers market more affordable for low-income families

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- All families, even those struggling in the Grand Valley can now find affordable local produce at the downtown Grand Junction farmer's market.

Those who qualify for and use food stamps will be matched up with $20 to be spent on fresh fruits and veggies.

"If it was not for the double up program, I probably would not be able to be here," said Lisa Martin, a shopper who uses government assistance.

Martin goes to the downtown Grand Junction farmers market every week.

"It enables me to buy healthy food for my daughter and cook healthier meals for my family," said Martin.

The program allows struggling families to be able to eat healthier.

"We want everyone to purchase things locally because it trickles down and it does help the farmer definitely," said Carol Zadrozny, owner of Z's Orchard.

The downtown will match that for buying local fresh fruits and veggies.

"It helps you stretch your budget a little further, and it promotes health benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables while keeping your money in your local community," said Zechariah Mounsey, who benefits from the program.

The Grand Valley is known for its fresh produce and goods, and this new program can go a long way in your kitchen.

"I got corn, my usual garlic and I got some choke cherry jam, and basically a little of everything. Peppers, potatoes, for every meal for every week," said Martin.

It helps to provide a healthy meal for those on a tighter budget.

"We know our local store and where the great deals are there, if not we probably would've just shopped at the store," said Mounsey.

It's also teaching Western Slope families a little lesson in the kitchen.

"You get to talk to the growers about what they grow and what recipes and what it would go with and what it wouldn't go with," said Martin.

In order to use your snap benefits at this market, you just have to stop by the downtown booth and they'll change your snap dollars into vouchers.

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