Frenchtown’s Heritage Market Goes Back to School

Frenchtown Farmers Market Helps Students Choose Healthy Snacks this Saturday, August 15 between 9am – 1pm. Market organizers recognize that it’s tough to eat healthy when families are pressed for time and money. Those pressures only get heavier when the kids go back to school.

On Saturday, Frenchtown’s Heritage Market will feature a “Student Snack Station” with free samples of healthy, easy and delicious snacking options. Joy Dixon, local health and wellness coach (, offers ideas for curbing those after-school cravings in ways that nourish the body and satisfy the taste buds.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will provide a Healthy Snacking Sheet for market goers to take home and recipe cards for fresh and simple school night meals. The “School Night Solutions” cooking demonstration will show meal ideas using fresh ingredients that are ready in 30 minutes or less. Vendors will have fresh produce grown locally without pesticides, and even baked goods with tasty vegan and gluten-free options.

CHAMPIONS will host games and competitions to get hearts pumping and families moving together. Young people can stop by the CHAMPIONS booth to get ideas and support for starting a kick ball club or neighborhood sports team. Live music and dance, art for the kids and the unique Frenchtown vendors make the event a must for your Saturday schedule.

Begun in Tallahassee, the CHAMPIONS program is now in 55 public schools across North Florida and Delaware. The collaborative, community-based program encourages a lifestyle of regular physical activity and healthy food choices. CHAMPIONS has been recognized by the Let’s Move! campaign, a national initiative launched by First Lady Michelle Obama.

Frenchtown’s Heritage Market is the only food retail location in the Big Bend area that can match federal food assistance, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), dollar for dollar. Because the market, rather than an individual vendor, accepts Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards, Heritage Market can offer customers a SNAP-match program that extends a family’s food buying capability. It’s better than BOGO for fresh and local food purchases.


The Farmer’s Market is located at the corner of Georgia & Macomb Streets in Historic Frenchtown, Tallahassee.