Farmers' market

Veterans living in Cheshire County can weekly receive a $20 voucher to use at the Keene and Hinsdale farmers’ markets throughout September.

WALPOLE — Cheshire County veterans are invited to attend the Keene farmers’ market on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and/or the Hinsdale farmers’ market on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. throughout the month of September to receive $20 in vouchers to spend on food items at each market.

The Cheshire County Conservation District has partnered with the Keene and Hinsdale farmers’ markets and the Cheshire Medical Center’s Center for Population Health to increase community members’ access to healthy foods, an effort that supports the Healthy Monadnock initiative.

This Vouchers for Veterans program in Cheshire County is not based on need, but rather serves as a way for the community to say thank you to local service members for protecting our freedoms. This program also serves to boost the local farm economy by bringing more business to local markets — a win/win for the consumer and the farmer.

Vouchers are distributed each week at the Vouchers for Veterans booth at each market on a first come, first served basis while funding supplies last. Cheshire County veterans may come back every week for another $20 in vouchers and may participate at both locations if they wish. Vouchers may be used to purchase food items only. Vouchers have no cash value, are non-transferable, and must be redeemed at either market respectively by the end of September 2019.

To participate, veterans must provide proof of veteran status and proof of Cheshire County residency. Valid forms of veteran ID include a copy of one’s DD214 form, a health care enrollee card from the Department of Veterans Affairs, and a New Hampshire driver’s license with a veterans designation.Veterans are eligible for the vouchers if they live in any of the following towns: Alstead, Chesterfield, Dublin, Fitzwilliam, Gilsum, Harrisville, Hinsdale, Jaffrey, Keene, Marlborough, Marlow, Nelson, Richmond, Rindge, Roxbury, Stoddard, Sullivan, Surry, Swanzey, Troy, Walpole, Westmoreland and Winchester.

The Vouchers for Veterans program, now in its fourth season, was started by the Rochester Farmers’ Market.

The Cheshire County Conservation District promotes the conservation and responsible use of natural and agricultural resources for the people of Cheshire County by providing technical, financial and educational assistance. Its goal is to encourage the stewardship of healthy soils, ecologically sound farms, diverse wildlife, sustainable forests, healthy watersheds and clean water to ensure those resources are available for future generations. Established in 1945, the Conservation District operates out of Walpole where it works alongside the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and other conservation partners.

For more information contact Lola Bobrowski at the Cheshire County Conservation District at 756-2988, ext. 115, or lola@cheshireconservation.org.