The Greenwood Ave. Farmers Market wrapped up another successful season with their third annual Harvest Fest on Monday October 23, 2017.
Open to all ages, Harvest Fest featured fall-themed food tastings, giveaways, games, and activities. Safe trick-or-treating and healthy tips for Halloween were shared with parents.
Market-goers also enjoyed a Halloween mask decorating and temporary vegetable tattoos courtesy of Harvest Tattoos. Volunteers from TCNJ were on site to help with activities including pumpkin putt-putt, an apple basket toss, pumpkin painting, and the chance to guess the weight of a large pumpkin. Each child had the opportunity to collect stamps in a passport and win prizes as they visited each Harvest Fest booth. Kitchen aprons, fall-centric recipes, and cases of canned water were free to customers who made a purchase at the market.
“Our residents see the Greenwood Ave. Farmers Market as a local hub for health and fun, making Harvest Fest the perfect community event to close out this successful season,” said Marissa Davis, Project Director, New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids – Trenton.
Over 4,500 visitors have come to this unique, healthy market which features fresh fruits and vegetables weekly. In addition, the free weekly health screenings and services have been utilized by more than 900 residents and nearly 1,200 children have participated in the free dinner program to date.
Each week the Greenwood Ave. Farmers Market featured healthy and affordable food options and provides health screenings, live music, cooking demonstrations, and hot meals. Matching “Good Food Bucks” ($2 for every $1, up to a maximum of $20) were provided for residents using SNAP toward the purchase of fruits and vegetables. Individuals using SNAP, SFMNP, and WIC vouchers also received a $1 match in “Greenwood Green” bucks for each dollar spent at the market.