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Andrew Hazen tries a pea pod at the Knox County Health Department’s Farmer’s Market on Tuesday. Vendors accepted WIC coupons as a form of payment, which encourage the purchase of fresh produce.
Andrew Hazen tries a pea pod at the Knox County Health Department’s Farmer’s Market on Tuesday. Vendors accepted WIC coupons as a form of payment, which encourage the purchase of fresh produce. (Photo by Chloe Coleman)

By Mount Vernon News
June 20, 2012 11:15 am EDT

 

MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County Health Department held its first Farmers Market on Tuesday, to benefit clients of the WIC (Women Infants Children) programs who often attend the late clinics held on the third Tuesday of the month. The market was open to everyone in the community, but all vendors accepted WIC coupons as a form of payment.

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Vendor Jeff Martin stated it was his third year accepting WIC coupons and that “the most inconvenient part is sending in the coupons, but it’s really not a problem, you just have to send them in.” Judy Brisker, another vendor also in her third year of the WIC program, agreed it was simple to obtain the money from the coupons.

Ashely, a WIC client, expressed fondness for the program and stated her family is “big into fresh fruit and vegetables” and when asked whether the Tuesday market was more convenient than the Saturday market she said, “it’s not hard to get downtown on Saturday, but it’s nice to get the kids out on a weekday.”

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