The Town of Plymouth is a vibrant, healthy and safe community where healthy eating and active living are a way of life for residents, families and visitors alike. The Town is a recognized leader for its commitment to raising healthy youth, engaging its seniors and fostering a thriving intergenerational culture of health and wellbeing.
An important health strategy the town promotes is access to locally grown fruits and vegetables. What you eat has a powerful impact on your health and eating plenty of fruits and vegetables is a great way to reduce cancer risk, other chronic diseases, and manage your weight. Finding healthy choices, including locally grown vegetables, is easy in Plymouth! Visit one of the many Farmers Markets or a smaller store that has joined Plymouth’s Healthy Market Program. The Healthy Market Program provides resources, support, and technical assistance to small stores interested in promoting easy access to healthier foods to the neighborhoods they serve. This is yet another health strategy making it easier for you to access healthy foods – whether you are out on a leisurely shopping expedition or rushing in after work or before the kids soccer game! Through this program, you can quickly identify the healthiest options by looking for the Healthy Plymouth logo!
Look for stores with this decal to find healthier food and drink options, like fresh fruit and vegetables, yogurt, water, and 100% juice.
Why should you consider shopping at a Farmers Market? One reason is being able to buy fresh, locally grown foods – and often times you’ll be able to talk with the farmer who grew them! What you purchase is probably grown near where you live versus thousands of miles away or from another country. Another benefit is that the fruits and vegetables available are at the peak of the growing season- which means the produce is at its freshest and tastes the best. Shopping at farmers markets also supports your local farmers and keeps the money you spend on food closer to your neighborhood. In addition to cash, many farmers markets now accept credit cards, debit cards, WIC vouchers, and SNAP benefits. Remember to bring your own reusable bag!