The Veggie Van, full of fresh fruit and vegetables, will travel this summer to neighborhoods that lack easy access to produce in Lackawanna and Niagara Falls.
Sponsored by the Cornell Cooperative Extension, the mobile farmers market will stop one day each week through Sept. 13 in Lackawanna and Sept. 14 in Niagara Falls.
The produce sold is locally grown, and because it spends less time in transit, it will be packed with flavor – not to mention nutrients. Cash and EBT benefits will be accepted. Throughout the summer, Eat Smart NY educators will accompany the van to provide recipes and cooking demonstrations.
In Lackawanna, the van visits on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon at the Lackawanna Senior Center, 230 Martin Road, and from 1 to 3 p.m. at the former Friendship House, 264 Ridge Road.
In Niagara Falls, the van visits on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon at John Duke Senior Center, 1202 Hyde Park Blvd., and from 1 to 3 p.m. at Niagara Falls Medical Center at Golisano Center, 533 1oth St.
Jennifer Tynan is the extension's lead community coordinator. She said she believes in the importance of putting fresh produce in the hands of the underserved.
"Not only does the Veggie Van provide a variety of healthy and locally grown produce at reasonable prices, it offers resources to encourage visitors to try new recipes and discover new ways of eating healthy,” Tynan said.