Jamestown Public Market Announces Exciting Partnership

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The Jamestown Public Market continues on Cherry Street in Downtown Jamestown, with some exciting new programs and events for the month of July.

The market will once again participate in the Double Up Food Bucks program, in partnership with the Field and Fork Network. The program is slated to begin July 6 during traditional public market hours.

Double Up Food Bucks is a SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food-stamps) incentive that matches federal food assistance benefits $1 for $1 to increase affordability and access to fresh healthy foods for low-income consumers. The program also helps direct dollars to farmers who sell at farmers markets and to other food retail, ultimately strengthening our local food and agriculture economy. Double Up is a program of Field & Fork Network, a food and farming non-profit organization based in Western New York.

Field & Fork Network started the Double Up Food Bucks program in 2014 as a pilot in seven local farmers markets as part of its mission to build a thriving regional food system that serves everyone. For more information, visit www.doubleupnys.com or call 1-800-682-5016.

Customers of the public market can visit the Jamestown Public Market information tent for assistance with using their benefits.

In addition, July marks the start of a partnership with the Chautauqua Connections Children’s Coalition, bringing exciting new activities to the market’s SPROUTs program. Patrick Smeraldo, director of the coalition, is excited for the potential. “The Chautauqua Connections Children’s Coalition along with its 40 partner agencies and service providers has been in existence for the last 6 years creating partnerships and fostering communication to better serve all children birth to five supporting their social, physical, developmental, and mental health needs while reducing gaps in service in Chautauqua County. The fact that we are able to partner with the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation’s Public Market and have our partners provide fun activities for children while spreading the word about all of the needed services for children birth to five will only move us one step forward in assuring children are developmentally ready for school.”

On July 20, the Jamestown Public Market will collaborate with the second annual Whirlybird Music and Arts Festival to present the ‘Jamestown Public Market Street Festival.’ The market will relocate for this weekend only to Third Street between Main and Pine as a part of the festival highlighting local musicians and creatives. Admission will remain free of cost and all market programs, including the SPROUTs Club, will be operating. Additional vendors will be joining regular market vendors for a unique experience. For more information visit whirlybirdmusicfestival.com.

Other events scheduled for July include live music from Mark Mincarellil, Russel & Hamels and Rebecca Mcilvain. Siri Thai Cuisine food truck returns July 27.

The Jamestown Public Market runs Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm in downtown Jamestown. For more information on weekly events, live entertainment and vendors visit Jamestown Public Market on Facebook or jamestownrenaissance.org.