There is nothing like having fresh fruits and vegetables during the summertime, especially locally grown fruits and vegetables. Each year, during the second week in August, farmers are recognized across the country for the vital role they play in our communities. Not only do they obviously help feed us, but they contribute a great deal economically to the communities in which they operate.

Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus is not only recognizing National Farmers Market Week, which runs now through Saturday, August 13, but is also using this week to honor and help Orange County veterans.

Orange County is honoring its veterans through the state’s Veterans Fresh Connect coupon program. They will offer ten Fresh Connect Checks valued at $2 each ($20 total) to veterans, service members and their immediate family members. These vouchers can be picked up at various farmers' markets throughout this week, with more dates announced as the growing season progresses. These can help not only stretch a food budget, but also add much needed fresh fruits and vegetables to the table.

There are fifteen farmers markets in Orange County, which are open every day of the week, except Monday. For more information, contact the Orange County's Veterans Affairs Office at 845-291-2464.

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