MILLEDGEVILLE, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - It's a farmer's market with a twist, same fresh produce, same farmers but one difference; it accepts WIC vouchers.
The Baldwin County Health Department hosted the Farmer's Market Nutrition Program. Woman, Infants and Children participants used vouchers to support local farmers and receive fresh produce.
Janie Hicks appreciates the opportunity to provide her family fresh food for free.
"It's fun to come out here and just pick up something. I appreciate it that cause it helps on the budget," Hicks said.
Hicks loaded her car with green tomatoes, bell peppers and cantaloupes. She said her kids love fried green tomatoes and they don't get to eat them that often.
Amber Walls has a two year old son and was excited about the fresh broccoli. This is Wall's second year at the Farmer's Market.
"It's a good idea cause it helps the parents without a lot of income," Walls said.
The mothers in Milledgeville aren't the only ones benefiting from the program. Eugene Radford is a Farmer in Hayneville and has been participating in the market for five years. He said the community support is tremendous.
"We load the trucks and we usually don't leave with anything," Radford said.
To participate, farmers have to prove they grow in-state on their own farm. At Bibb County's Farmer's Market Nutrition Program in June nearly 2,000 people participated. The average farmer made $1,500 per day.
Health officials hope the trend of healthy eating will last all season long.
"A lot of times they like to go to the easier things that are cheaper. But we want to encourage healthy eating for every family member. Fruits and vegetables are crucial in maintaining a healthy weight," says Program Coordinator Ceaser Johnson.
The WIC Farmer's Market will be held at the Baldwin County Health Department July 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19 from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
The WIC Farmer's Market will be at the Houston County Health Department July 24, 25, 26 and 31.