Jamestown Mobile Market at the Prendergast Library with Molly Harvey making delicious strawberry salsa.

Jamestown Mobile Market at the Prendergast Library and Molly Harvey

Chautauqua County SNAP-Ed & Jamestown Mobile Market Join Forces

JAMESTOWN, NEW YORK (June 25, 2021) -- Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County’s SNAP-Ed NY Program is excited to announce the collaboration with the Jamestown Mobile Market. For the 4th year SNAP-Ed Nutritionist Molly Harvey will be a part of the Jamestown Mobile Market. The goal of the Jamestown Mobile Market is to bring fresh, nutritious food to community members who may not have access to a local grocery store or even the Jamestown Public Market. This year the Mobile Market is accepting SNAP as well as Double Up. When a person uses their SNAP dollars, Double Up matches their fruit and vegetable purchases dollar for dollar, up to $20 each week. That means their family can receive twice the fresh fruits and vegetables. Look for Mobile Market stops every Wednesday (June 9th – September 29th) at the following locations: 10:00am-11:00am Silver Tree Seniors (8 Crane Street), 11:30am-12:30pm Prendergast Library (509 Cherry Street), 1:00pm-2:00pm The Chautauqua Center (107 Institute Street), and 2:30pm-3:30pm alternating location (Check social media for weekly locations).

Each Monday Molly is given a list of what the local farms will be providing for that Wednesday at the Mobile Market. For example, the past week consisted of peaches, strawberries, cabbage, peas, zucchini, swiss chard, scallions and broccoli. With this great list of local produce Molly found a delicious and easy recipe that she would make at each Mobile Market stop. She looks for recipes that would catch the eye of a Mobile Market goer. Maybe someone would be reluctant to purchase a zucchini because they are unsure how to use it in a dish. But that is where the collaboration of the Mobile Market and SNAP-Ed NY fits together perfectly!

“Zucchini salad sounds like the perfect recipe for the Mobile Market this week!” says Molly. She uses the local produce from the Mobile Market to create the healthy zucchini salad. The attendees loved the salad at all 4 stops. It was a hit! People were thrilled to take the recipe home as well as purchase some zucchini to make the salad. One Mobile Market goer said, “I love how you are creating the salad right in front of us, it makes me want to try it even more, and I am not even the biggest fan of zucchini.” Needless to say, she loved the salad, and purchased two zucchini. At the end of the day the left over produce that is not sold is taken to a local food pantry. Molly and the volunteers of the Mobile Market were not surprised that there was no zucchini left to give to the food pantry.

Zucchini Salad Recipe:

  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano or basil
  • ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper
  • 5 cups zucchini rounds (about 4 small zucchini)
  • ½ cup red or sweet onion (sliced thinly or chopped small)
  • ¼ cup shredded or grated Parmesan cheese
  • Directions:

    1.Mix oil, lemon juice, oregano or basil, salt and pepper together in large bowl.

    2.Add zucchini, onion and cheese. Mix gently. Cover and chill until ready to serve.

    3.Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.

    Be sure to check out our website at https://www.snapedny.org/ for awesome tips on healthy eating, stretching your food dollars, and delicious recipes.

    The SNAP-Ed NY Program is one of many programs offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County (CCE-Chautauqua). CCE-Chautauqua is a subordinate governmental agency with an educational mission that operates under a form of organization and administration approved by Cornell University as agent for the State of New York. It is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The association is part of the national cooperative extension system, an educational partnership between County, State, and Federal governments. As New York’s land grant university Cornell administers the system in this state. Each Cornell Cooperative Extension association is an independent employer that is governed by an elected Board of Directors with general oversight from Cornell. All associations work to meet the needs of the counties in which they are located as well as state and national goals. For more information, call 716-664-9502 or visit our website at www.cce.cornell.edu/chautauqua. Cornell University Cooperative Extension provides equal program and employment opportunities.

    Last updated June 25, 2021