WRSI: Chicopee Farmers’ Market/Valley Opportunity Council

Great local food, friends, and community support. ? ? The Chicopee Farmers’ Market is just one of many programs run by the Valley Opportunity Council, and a way to connect with all of them.

In season now? Corn, blueberries, cucumbers, and so much more! Every Wednesday, 10-2 at 767 Chicopee street (nestled under the I391 overpass). Don’t miss it!

The Valley Opportunity Council serves all of Hampden County, offering connections to fuel assistance, food and nutrition programming, child care, and much more. Says VOC’s Nicole Balthazar, who oversees the market, “This is just a great way to reach out to the community, and that’s what we’re all about.”

The market is also a place to buy fresh produce with HIP, which gives all MA SNAP users an added $40-80/month in benefits to buy locally grown fruits and veggies. “It’s wonderful,” says Nicole, “because it helps our farmers have more people purchasing, and it helps these folks access more local fruits and vegetables.”