Farmers' Market Demonstrations

In partnership with the Urban Farmers' Market project, Food Bank of Central New York brings the Just Say Yes to Fruits & Vegetables (JSY) workshops and recipe demonstrations to the Syracuse Downtown Farmers' Market in Clinton Square throughout the summer season. This initiative promotes the benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables at farmers’ markets teaching participants the benefits of and how to prepare healthy meals using fresh, seasonal produce.

Our JSY educators prepare delicious recipes using fresh, local produce from the market every Tuesday at the Downtown Farmers' Market starting July 11 and running through September 26, 2017. Workshops start at 10:00 am and run about 30 minutes ending at 1:00 pm.

Workshop topics include:

  • Making the most of food budgets
  • Preparing foods in a safe manor
  • Meal planning tips
  • Sorting and preserving produce to reduce waste
  • How to reduce salt intake
  • Creative ideas for drinking healthier beverages

Each attendee receives a recipe sample, colorful recipes and handouts, a useful kitchen item, and $4.00 in farmers' market Health Bucks coupons to be used toward purchasing fresh locally grown produce at the market.

Drawing over 900 participants during it's first year and more than 1,500 in 2016, we look forward to seeing what this year brings. Look for us under the green tent.

For questions or more information, please contact Beth Seeley, Community Nutrition Educator, at (315) 437-1899 ext. 222.