Farmers market season ends with record sales to SNAP households!
Thank You for a Successful
Farmers Market Season
Our farmers market season in St. Lawrence County has, sadly, come to an end for 2016. Now, for the good news...

We're still tallying October numbers, but we know that 
purchases made with SNAP benefits, before being doubled, increased by more than 50% as compared to last year!  

This means more healthy, fresh produce consumed by low-income families, more dollars supported our local farmers, and all of these funds stayed in our local economy! 

Thank you to everyone who made another successful season possible, including:
  • Our farmers and producers (first and foremost!)
  • Other market vendors
  • Market sponsors, boards, and managers
  • Customers who patronized the markets, whether occasionally or every week
  • Community members who promoted the market and encouraged others to attend.
Very special thanks to the volunteers who supported GardenShare's efforts to make SNAP, debit, and credit transactions available at every farmers market in the County.  You made a difference!  We hope you enjoyed the experience and will be back next year.

And finally, huge thanks to the donors who made it possible for GardenShare to offer the incentive of doubling SNAP benefits at the farmers markets this year, including Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, the Food Bank of Central New York's CNY Health Bucks, and numerous individual donors.

As we move through the winter months we'll be evaluating the 2016 market season and making plans for 2017.

Were you a farmers market customer this year?  Help us with the evaluation by completing our short survey.

And thank you, thank you, and thank you again!
Volunteer with GardenShare

Farmers m arket season may be over but there are still opportunities to volunteer.  We're recruiting right now for:
  • Cabin Fever Trivia Night - This fundraising event will be held on March 4, 2017 in Potsdam.  A volunteer committee will start working this month and be responsible for writing the trivia questions, soliciting sponsors and food donations, and selling tickets.  We guarantee fun!
  • Committees, including Finance, Fund Development, and Outreach and Education.  These committees are a good chance to get engaged and learn more about GardenShare's work.  Committee experiences are sometimes a stepping stone to a position on the Board of Directors.
Check out more opportunities here.
News in Brief

Nature's Storehouse  in Canton will be asking their customers to support GardenShare during this season of Thanksgiving.  Customers will be invited to make a donation to GardenShare while checking out November 13 - 23 and have the option to add their name to a wall of donors.  When you stop in for healthy food for your Thanksgiving feast, you'll be able to support GardenShare's work to help ensure healthy food for all of our neighbors.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County recognized GardenShare with the 2016 Friend of Extension Award at the Association's Annual Dinner Meeting on October 13th.  Extension Director, Patrick Ames, cited Gardenshare's unwavering commitment to fight hunger and improve local access to healthy foods across St. Lawrence County.  Pictured below from left to right are Patrick Ames, Carol Pynchon, Gardenshare Board President, Carlene Doane, GardenShare Associate Director and Sandy Stauffer, GardenShare Board Member.  

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