We finally got out to the Tasty Tuesdays Market, in downtown New Port Richey! We’ve wanted to get there for quite awhile, but our commitment to the Westside Deli competes with the time. So, this week, we simply went to the deli after the market, and have no idea why we didn’t think of that sooner!
Ann Scott, the Assistant Director of the New Port Richey Public Library, and Stephanie Sky, the EBT Program Manager for Tasty Tuesdays were excellent hosts, and gave us insight into the meaning and purpose of the market…Ann also gave us electricity, which is important, in our line of work!
I was surprised by the number and variety of vendors! TONS of great stuff…Berries, nuts, vegetables, fruit…Coffees, baked goods. It was an excellent selection, all of it organic and healthy, most of it grown right here in west Pasco County…And some of it grown in downtown New Port Richey.
I make a point of mentioning in the podcast: Through a federal grant program, EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) users can get DOUBLE their dollar value at the Tasty Tuesdays Market. This is the most important thing I learned: That low income families who shop at the market can afford to feed their families healthy organic food, for less than they have to spend at the grocery store. Making organic produce available to low income families, especially kids, is an amazing thing, and the market operators and vendors should be very proud of that!
I’d like to encourage all of my listeners to step out of your grocery rut, and go give the Tasty Tuesday Market a shot…Support these awesome local vendors, farmers and gardeners, as they provide a great alternative to the supermarket.