Discover Michigan Fresh farmer’s market tours help SNAP-Ed eligible residents get to know their local farmer’s markets and explore Michigan-grown produce. The tours encourage participants to shop at their farmer’s market for nutritious and affordable foods that keep their dollars local.
Michigan State University Extension’s nutrition education staff members join tour participants at the farmer’s market where they are taken on a guided tour through the market. Participants meet farmers and talk about ideas for making new farm fresh products. Often, MSU Extension’s Michigan Fresh fact sheets are also used and shared.
MSU Extension staff members explain to participants how they might use items from the market and MyPlate to create nutritious meals. MSU Extension staff can also aid participants in understanding how food assistance benefits are used at their farmers market.
Tour participants are given a take-home Discover Michigan Fresh booklet which is full of useful information such as farmer’s market shopping tips, food preservation guidelines and recipes. In some markets, extra farmer’s market activities are offered where participants are given the chance to come back to the market to and find out how much they learned during their first visit and from their booklet.