Eat With the Seasons

April 03, 2016
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(GAINESVILLE, Fla. – March 28, 2016) – Bee Heaven Farm and the Pinecrest Farmers Market are partnering with the UF/IFAS Extension Family Nutrition Program (FNP), the SNAP-Ed implementing agency in Florida, and Florida Organic Growers’ Fresh Access Bucks (FAB) program to conduct a special cooking demonstration at the Pinecrest Farmers Market from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 3rd.  

“Eat with the Seasons,” features UF/IFAS Chef David Bearl, American Culinary Federation certified chef for more than 30 years. He will demonstrate seasonal, healthy and easy to prepare market to table recipes using Florida grown produce right from the market.  

Pinecrest Farmers Market is located at Pinecrest Gardens, 11100 Red Road in Pinecrest and takes place Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. year round.  

Margie Pikarsky who administers the FAB/SNAP program at Pinecrest Farmers Market is a huge believer in cooking with the season. 

“I love to cook with whatever is the most fresh and in season,” said Margie. “As a farmer, I know we can have an overabundance of a veggie one week, and none the next, so when I see something new, I like to grab it, take it home, and figure out some simple way to cook it. My fallback on greens is olive oil, garlic, salt & pepper to taste. I embellish from there depending on my mood. It’s great when chefs come to market and show us quick tricks and easy fixes.”

In 2016, 24 FAB markets are partnering with FNP for Eat with the Seasons cooking demonstrations that enable participants to taste new items and learn new, healthy cooking methods featuring seasonal, Florida grown produce, and easy and affordable recipes.

The Fresh Access Bucks (FAB) program is a statewide incentive designed to encourage Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) recipients to redeem their benefits at farmers markets to purchase fresh, healthy foods directly from Florida farmers. At participating markets, Florida Organic Growers matches what a SNAP cardholder spends with FREE Fresh Access Bucks - up to $20, every market day. Customers can use them right away or later on to buy Florida grown fruits and vegetables.

For example, a SNAP shopper who spends $10 of their SNAP benefits at a participating market receives an additional $10 to purchase fresh, local produce. Currently there are 28 farmers markets and 2 Community Supported Agriculture programs (CSAs) participating in Fresh Access Bucks throughout the state. In addition to increasing the affordability and accessibility of healthy foods, nutrition education efforts at FAB markets is integral to increasing the purchase and consumption of fresh, local produce.

FAB is a program of Florida Organic Growers, a nonprofit that supports and promotes organic and sustainable agriculture through education, outreach and advocacy. Funded by the USDA Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), FNP teaches low-income Floridians how to eat healthy and stay active on a budget.
For more information, please visit Bee Heaven Farm’s website.

Date: April 03, 2016 10:00 AM-1:00 PM

Location: Pinecrest Farmers Market | SW 111th St (Killian Dr) & 57th Ave (Red Road), Pinecrest, FL

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