Sheldon, Iowa — The trend in cooking these days is toward healthy ingredients and local ingredients. The Sheldon Farmers Market provides ingredients that are both healthy and local, and it starts for the season on Monday, June 6th.
Sheldon Chamber of Commerce coordinator Allison Cooke says that the Farmers Market is available every Monday and Friday in Sheldon from now through the end of September.
Cooke says that if you like the Sheldon Chamber Facebook page, you can stay up-to-date with what’s available from time-to-time at the Farmers Market. But she also encourages people to just stop at the Farmers Market when they’re open to see what’s available.
Two federal programs are available to help seniors and low-income Iowans with the purchase of fresh produce at Farmers Markets. Cooke says that they have the senior checks at the chamber for those who are 60 and over and meet certain income guidelines. She says you can come into the chamber and fill out a form. She says they’re good at the Sheldon Farmers Market and many other farmers markets around the state.
The other program helps women, infants and children to get fresh produce from Farmers Markets and they are available through WIC, which is administered in Iowa by the community action agencies, such as Upper Des Moines Opportunity in O’Brien and Osceola Counties and Mid Sioux Opportunity in Sioux and Lyon counties in our coverage area. Each agency serves several other counties as well.
Cooke says that all vendors who accept the checks have a sign at their booth or table.
Cooke also says they’ll have special presentations this summer at the Farmers Market.
Again the Sheldon Farmers Market will start on Monday, and will be open Mondays from 4:30 to 6:30 PM and Fridays from 11 AM to 1 PM.