Free Farmers Market tour will promote healthy choices for everyone, DoubleUp Bucks for SNAP recipients


By Leslie Wustrack

Special to The PREVIEW

This Saturday, July 30, Growing Partners of Southwest Colorado, in collaboration with Cooking Matters, will conduct a brief “how to navigate the Pagosa Springs Farmers Market” tour.

The Farmers Market is held every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 191 Pagosa St.

The 9 a.m. tour is free and open to the public. All tour participants will receive a free market shopping bag, cooking brochure and simple tips on how to shop smarter, use nutrition information to make healthier choices, and cook delicious, affordable meals. The tour will include stops at a few Farmers Market food growers’ booths.

The growers will each give a short informative talk about their business and why they believe in growing and cooking healthy foods.

SNAP benefit recipients will learn more about DoubleUp Bucks, which is available on fruits and vegetables at the Farmer’s Market. For every dollar spent (up to $20), SNAP recipients will receive a matching dollar good for fruits and vegetables.

Everyone is invited to attend the free tour, which will start from the Southwest Organization for Sustainability (SOS)/Farmers Market information booth.

Growing Partners is a coalition of nonprofits and service agencies that has been actively collaborating on local food projects since 2004. Its mission is to support a fair, sustainable local food system that reaches all ages, incomes and cultures. For more information, visit

Cooking Matters, a national program whose regional office is located in Durango, helps families learn to shop smarter; use nutrition information to make healthier choices; cook delicious, affordable meals; and cook healthy meals on a budget. Cooking Matters is part of Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. For more information, visit