Senior center, farmer's market offers fresh alternatives
By Brian Bowden

The Thomson-McDuffie Senior Center, on Greenway Street, held its annual indoor farmer's market for patrons on July 10.
"It's a wonderful program that has been designed to help the seniors have greater access to fresh fruits and vegetables," said Becky Jester, health and wellness coordinator at CSRA Area Agency on Aging. "It also helps benefit our farmers in the state.
The market, which boasts local fruits and vegetables, featured a colorful array of choices for the shoppers. "The market has fresh, Georgia-grown produce," said Jester. "The consumer can go through and pick out whatever they would like to buy."
Each of the 66 patrons that participated were given two $10 vouchers, through a state-funded program, to spend at the market. "A lot of times it's real hard for the seniors to get out," said Jester. "This program is designed for many of the seniors that have low incomes and fresh fruits and vegetables often can add a fair amount [of money] to a monthly grocery shopping list." She went on to say, "By it being at the senior center where they are already participants, it makes it more easily accessible. It's great and they can take the produce home with them right away."

To read more on this story, pick up the Thursday, July 17, edition of The McDuffie Progress.





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