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Cooking Matters at the Farmers Market (SNAP-Ed)

Cooking Matters at the Farmers Market is a one-time class designed to help adults living in Minnesota make healthy food choices on a limited budget. The class is conducted during a guided tour of a local farmers market.

Woman giving cooking demo at farmers market


This class seeks to help low-income adults shop for reasonably priced, healthy foods. While taking a guided tour of a farmers market, participants will learn how to:

  • Identify at least three economical ways of purchasing fruits and vegetables.
  • Compare unit prices.
  • Read food labels.
  • Identify whole grain foods.

Space and time requirements

This class lasts about 2 hours, including a tour and closing discussion led by a SNAP-Ed educator. Sessions can be adapted to meet the learning needs of participants, and within reason fit the space and time needs of the partnering agency.

More information

Cooking Matters at the Farmers Market is based on research showing that careful food shopping practices, such as price comparison and nutrition label use, are associated with measures of better dietary quality. This hands-on class aims to promote real changes in food shopping habits.

Those who complete the tour and short survey receive a reusable cloth shopping bag and a booklet with the information presented in the tour, as well as 15 healthy recipes to try at home. Materials are available in both English and Spanish, and classes are offered throughout Minnesota.

To find out more about this program or explore the possibilities of this program being offered at your agency, complete this Hosting Cooking Matters Minnesota form.

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