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There are many different options for accessing locally                     When we follow a healthy lifestyle,
grown food. In the spring and summer months,                            we feel our best and it becomes
farmers markets are widely available. Many farms                        second nature for us to stay on
also offer Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
programs where you can sign up to receive fresh                    “track to a lifetime of wellness.
produce on a weekly basis.                                                	 – E lke Melody, NLH Registered
                                                                     ”Dietitian and Nutritionist
Improving Access
Nutritious locally grown produce can cost more

than low-nutrition processed food. But organizations

such as the Merrimack County Conservation District

(MCCD) are working to improve access to local nutritious foods. They have helped to establish and promote

programs such as Granite State Market Match—a statewide incentive program that is used in conjunction with

the SNAP/EBT token program at farmers markets. Every SNAP dollar spent is matched, up to $10, providing

SNAP beneficiaries greater means to purchase fresh vegetables and fruits. MCCD also participates in NH

Gleans—a network of groups that work to increase the availability of fresh and local produce to those in

need. MCCD donates gleaned* items to food pantries throughout Merrimack County, as well as to community

suppers, schools, soup kitchens and homeless shelters. 

“It’s wonderful to be a part of a statewide effort to make healthy eating within reach for everyone,” says
Alyssa Lemmermann, MCCD Local Foods Coordinator. “These programs are a dynamic approach to address
food insecurity while using our local food system as a resource.”

“Healthy eating should be a part of a lifelong commitment to a healthier lifestyle,” says Melody. “It is never
too late to make that commitment and start enjoying the benefits. When we follow a healthy lifestyle, we
feel our best and it becomes second nature for us to stay on track to a lifetime of wellness.”

To locate farmers markets, farm stands and CSA programs near you, visit www.localharvest.com.

This article is brought to you by The Wellness Connection.
A community-wide health initiative sponsored by New London
Hospital, its focus is to bring people together who reside in the
Lake Sunapee Region to create a culture of wellness. For more
healthy eating and active living ideas, or to get involved, visit
www.newlondonhospital.org/wellnessconnection or email
wellnessconnection@newlondonhospital.org.

                                                                   *Gleaning is the act of collecting excess or blemished produce
                                                                   from area farms, farmers markets and gardens and donating it
                                                                   to local charitable organizations.

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