Keene Housing and Monadnock Menus, which paired up last year to launch the pilot Farm to Family Buying Club, has expanded its local farm fresh fruits and vegetables buying program.
There are now two market locations available for Keene Housing assisted households: Stone Arch Village Senior Housing on Court Street and the new location at Central Square Terrace in downtown Keene.
The buying club, launched last year, allows Keene Housing families to buy fresh produce directly from the farm at discounted prices. Keene Housing residents and participants are eligible to participate in a Farm to Family Buying Club; ordering is held once a week and is delivered to the two Keene Housing complexes designated as drop off points.
In addition, Farm to Family members who receive SNAP benefits are eligible to use their EBT card and, beginning in 2017, can receive an uncapped Granite State Market Match towards their order each week. Prices at the buying club are below or at local grocery store or farmers’ market prices.
In 2017, additional locations may be available for pickup for members of the buying club, including other Keene Housing properties located in Keene.
On average, Farm to Family Buying Club members spend $5-8 per week and get approximately $10-16 worth of wholesale fruits and vegetables. The Club also offers frozen vegetables in the winter, local cheese from Stonewall Farm and meat (sausage, chorizo, ground bulk pork and bacon) from Archway Farm in Keene.
The Farm to Family Buying Club was created in partnership with the Cheshire County Conservation District, Monadnock Menus, and Keene Housing. It is a member of the Wholesome Wave National Incentive Program Network. Additional funding is provided by the HNH Foundation, and Healthy Monadnock. CCCD is a Healthy Monadnock partner and has received funds from CDC’s Partnership to Improve Community Health cooperative agreement to help increase access to healthy food.
Learn more: Keene Housing Farm to Family Buyers Club