Provincetown Farmers Market to Expand Selection, Customer Access

KA_Ptown_provincetown_march_commercial street off season_030916_002PROVINCETOWN – The farmers market on Ryder Street next to town hall will expand greatly this year.

The focus, according to manager Kathy Sanders, will be to provide every single farm and produce item that shoppers could find in a grocery store.

But buying from the market, she said, brings with it the benefit of keeping money within the community.

The market opens on May 14th and will run Saturdays through November 19th.

A new rule will allow buyers to differentiate between local and out-of-town goods by requiring sellers to mark any goods not grown locally or organically.

Another measure to increase public access to the market includes the new accreditation which will allow those with WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program or Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program coupons to use their benefits there.

The market is also in the process of attaining a SNAP/EBT card program.

Customers won’t be the only one to benefit from expansion efforts.

A guest vendor spot will be open to encourage backyard farmers to become involved, according to Sanders.

Many farmers donate leftover produce to charities such as the Methodist Church Food Pantry, AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod and the Provincetown Soup Kitchen.

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