LOGAN, W.Va. — Summer is in full swing and for many people, that means it is time begin looking at fresh and locally grown produce. Some W. Va. seniors may not know that they can get some fruits and vegetables for free, thanks to vouchers provided through the Department of Agriculture and distributed through Community Action.
The vouchers are offered to citizens 60 years of age or older, which make less than $1832 a month in a one person household or $2470 a month for a two person household. They can be obtained at the PRIDE Community Services office at 699 Stratton Street in Logan.
Boone County Community Action Director, Judy Easter, said that the Department of Agriculture provides these coupons as a way of providing healthier choices to the 60 and over crowd.
“They do that so seniors can eat healthy, though it is only $28, it gives them the chance to eat produce from W. Va.,” Easter said.
Easter said that the number of books allocated to the area is calculated by the amount of coupons actually spent. She said the seniors look forward to receiving these coupons.
“They are so excited when they come to get the $28, most of the time they want green beans or cucumbers,” Easter said.
The vouchers can only be redeemed at markets that sell W.Va. produced produce. While this may seem limiting, it still provides a few options locally. One such location is the freshly opened Logan Market.
Logan Market is ran by the W.Va. Department of Agriculture and they held their grand opening Friday, July 15. Their manager, Nina Mahone, said their produce is very fresh.
“All this is W.Va. products, it’s made here and all the produce was picked yesterday. That’s our goal is to have that,” Mahone said.
Mahone said they receive their local produce through local farmers. She said they are always looking for new contacts with local farmers and would like to receive not only produce, but also products such as honey, eggs and cow butter.
“We are interested if we have any local farmers what so ever in this area, gladly we would like to have them come up and talk to me and see what we can do to get their produce up here,” Mahone said.
Mahone said she hopes the community will give this new market a try and will provide free samples of jams to any customer. She said that she wishes everyone will experience fresh, locally grown produce.
“Have you ever got a tomato off the vine and took a big bite out of it? There’s nothing like it!” Mahone said.
Hours for the Logan Farmers Market Wednesday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information on services offered at the Logan market, call 304-792-7017.
There are two additional local options just across county lines in Boone County. They include the over 60 year old produce market, Griffith’s Produce in Danville and the recently opened Mr. Green Jeans Farm in Madison.