Testimonials

What kind of impact does the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Coupon Program have on seniors, families, and lower income residents? Browse through these testimonials from people who are involved with the Program across the province.

 

One participant told me that she saved up her coupons and did a big shop this past Saturday. She was able to buy eggs, carrots, apples and potatoes. Her daughter now LOVES the fresh market carrots and can taste the difference between market and grocery store bought.

~ Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs, Penticton

A senior man bought cucumbers, dill and garlic with his coupons. He told me how he made his own dill pickles. He is on a fixed income and the coupons have really helped, he said.

~Long-term Inmates Now in the Community Society, Mission

 

Lots of moms and elders are amazed how fast and big our community garden grows and how cost saving our garden vegetables are towards their families.

~ Sechelt Indian Band, Sechelt

 

Final Kids Kitchen program for the summer. We had total of 28 people (adults and children) participate this week. It was great to see the cross generation cooking/kitchen skills sharing. Grandparents, parents and children teamed up together and created dishes from produced bought from the farmers’ market.

~ Oak Avenue Neighbourhood Hub, Surrey

 

A low-income senior who is 90 per cent blind participates in this program. She lives in a remote area outside of our town. With the use of our transportation set up we have been able to pick her up and make sure she is able to access the farmers market. She was able to do a lot of canning and baking with her purchases. She was especially happy with the amount of raspberries that she was able to get. ​

~ Okanagan Boys and Girls Club, Armstrong

 

Two mothers in the pregnancy outreach program started crying because they were so happy to be able to feed their kids fresh fruit and vegetables. One other participant said they had never seen or eaten swiss chard and we were able to give her a recipe so she would know how to prepare it.

~ Caribou Family Enrichment Centre, 100 Mile House

 

Parents express surprise when their children devour a green salad including over wintered and unfamiliar greens like kale, arugula, and endive gleaned from the Family Place garden.

~ Powell River Family Place, Powell River

 

I am enjoying the program. It’s led me to try new things and cook in bulk for extras and freeze so now I have meals available for later use ready to go.

~ Cowichan Green Community Society, Duncan

 

A single dad with three young children came into our building and showed us pictures of his children standing beside all the vegetable items they had bought at the market. One of the young boys pointed to the picture and said, “Look how green our peppers are!”

~ Okanagan Boys and Girls Club, Armstrong