Partnership with CARES
The Farmington Farmers Market is proud to add yet another food assistance program to its list by partnering with CARES of Farmington Hills. The program brings together CARES director Todd Lipa and longtime market farmer Steven Goetz of Goetz Farm & Greenhouse of Riga in an effort to get the goodness of freshly grown produce to the clients of CARES, or Community Action Resources Empowerment Services.
Each Saturday, Goetz's unsold produce at the end of the market day will be loaded onto a CARES truck and taken to the group’s newly installed walk-in refrigeration units at their home at the site of the former St. Alexander's Church on Shiawassee in Farmington Hills. CARES clients in need of food assistance will now benefit from direct access to the nutrition found only in farm-fresh fruits and vegetables. It’s another way the market fulfills its mission of providing direct access to fresh locally grown produce to everyone.
“The more than 600 families and over 1,400 individuals who shop at CARES will appreciate the fresh produce each week,” said Lipa, also a co-founder of CARES. “It’s people like the Goetz Family that help us feed our hungry neighbors.”
For more on CARES, visit http://caresfh.org.
Neighborhood House is a local charity supported totally by our local community that provides help to local needy families, children, and individuals in Farmington and Farmington Hills. Neighborhood House is an affiliated organization with the Farmington Area Goodfellows and is in its fourth decade of making a difference in our community helping local families, children, and individuals who are in need.
Over the last two years, Neighborhood House has provided financial assistance to nearly 475 local needy families and individuals with vital support helping them with their rent, temporary housing, heating bills, electric bills, and water bills. Neighborhood House also has provided food from its food pantry to nearly 325 local needy families and individuals over the last two years, as well as referrals to other agencies and resources in the area and region that provide help
The farmers market is a direct partner with the Neighborhood House, providing fresh fruits and vegetables from our farm tables to eligible clients. To learn more about this program please call 248-871-2848
Senior Project Fresh
The Farmington Farmers Market is pleased to register and participate in Senior Project Fresh again this market season. This state run program, operated in conjunction with the USDA, provides farm fresh locally grown produce to seniors, age 60 and above.
Qualifying Seniors will receive (10) $2 redeemable coupons valued at $20 - free of charge, for use only at farmer's markets.
Reach out to Robin Danto, Food and Nutrition Coordinator at the Oakland County MSU Extension Office for more information and how to receive a coupon book.
Robin says "I believe the Senior Market FRESH program has such great value. Not only does it help get fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables into the hands of seniors who need them to maintain their health, but it also improves our economy by supporting local farmers who live, shop and invest in our communities. It also brings awareness of farmers markets and the benefits they provide to our communities and the people who support them."
For more information contact Robin at this new number: 248-215-6307. Robin may also be reached by email at email@example.com.
Robin Danto, M.S.
Food Safety and Nutrition
Oakland County MSU Extension
1200 N. Telegraph Road
Pontiac, MI 48341
Types of Produce that may be purchased with Senior Project Fresh Coupons
Salsify & Scorzonera
Corn (not ornamental or popcorn)
Kale & Collards
Potatoes & Sweet potatoes
Honey, all kinds
Other items are eligible if they are Michigan-grown and NOT processed.