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Farmers' Market Demonstrations

We’re coming back to the market! In partnership with the Urban Farmers’ Market project, Food Bank of Central New York is so excited to bring the Just Say Yes to Fruits & Vegetables (JSY) workshops and recipe demonstrations back to the Syracuse Downtown Farmers' Market in Clinton Square. This initiative promotes the benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables at farmers’ markets teaching participants how and why to prepare healthy meals using fresh, seasonal produce.

Every Tuesday from July 13, 2021 - September 28, 2021, our JSY Community Nutrition Educators will prepare delicious recipes using local farmer fresh produce from the market. Workshop sessions start hourly at 10:00 am through 1:00 pm, and run about 40 minutes in length.

Workshop topics include: making the most of food budgets, preparing foods in a safe manner, meal planning tips, storing and preserving produce to reduce food waste, how to cut the salt and creative ideas for drinking healthier beverages. Each workshop provides practical nutrition information using USDA-approved lesson plans.

Each attendee will receive a recipe sample, colorful recipes and handouts, a useful kitchen item, and $4.00 in farmers' market Health Bucks coupons to be used purchase locally-grown produce at the market. 

For questions or more information, contact Community Nutrition Educator, Heather Brubaker, at (315) 437-1899 ext. 260 or

2021 Workshop Schedule

July 13

Shopping at the Farmers’ Market
Shopping at the market is not the same as shopping at a grocery store. We will discuss the benefits of shopping at the market and share tips for how to have successful market, including how to use SNAP benefits.

July 20

Fruits & Vegetables
We are often told to eat more fruits and vegetables. We will discuss the reasons why we eat these foods and share ways to add more fruits and vegetables to your meals. 

July 27

Storing Fruits & Vegetables
Does fresh produce not stay fresh for as long as it should? We will talk about the best places and ways to store different types of fruits and vegetables so they stay fresh for as long as possible.

Aug. 3

Food Safety
The term “food safety” refers to different practices in and out of the kitchen.  We will go over specific steps you can take to ensure that the food you prepare is safe to eat. 

Aug. 10

Familiar with the MyPlate graphic showing the different food groups? We will review what this graphic tells us and how to use it as a tool for making healthy food choices. 

Aug. 17

Meal Planning
Taking the time to plan out your meals and snack each week can be a big help when it comes to managing your food budget and having a well-balanced diet. We will discuss tips and techniques for making meal planning a household habit.

Aug. 24

Portion Size
Portion sizes have gotten larger in recent years, which means that it has gotten quite easy to eat more than we need. We will share tips for estimating portion sizes and how to pay attention to feelings of hunger and fullness. 

Aug. 31 

Reducing Food Waste
Did you know that 90 billion pounds of edible food goes to waste each year in the US? We will talk about ways that you can reduce the amount of food that goes to waste at home.

Sept. 7

Nutrition Facts Label
Overwhelmed by the nutrition facts label? We will walk you through this important information, making it easier to make healthy food choices. 

Sept. 14

Healthy Beverages
Do you know how much sugar is in your drink? You might be surprised! We will compare the sugar content of popular drinks and discuss ideas for healthy drink options.

Sept. 21

We will cover the importance of fiber in a healthy diet and provide tips for planning meals to increase fiber intake. 

Sept. 28 

Cut the Salt
Salt can be found in many unexpected places. We will shed some light on common high-sodium foods and provide tips on ways to reduce your sodium intake.