This time of year, the main aisles of grocery stores are filled with seed displays; and, in a few more weeks, fruit, vegetable and herb plants will appear just outside their main entrances. I am always drawn in by the colorful photos and overwhelming selection. One day I hope to actually build a raised bed garden to grow food.
For those of you who are already “kitchen gardeners,” or who are taking the initial plunge this year – you can use FNS/SNAP benefits to purchase seeds and plants that produce food for the household to eat. Just think about the possibilities:
→ Dollar-for-dollar, the yield from grown seeds/plants is hugely more than what could be purchased at the grocery store.
→ These plants provide vegetables, fruits and herbs across time, so a single purchase will put food on your table across several months. And in North Carolina, there’s often time for a second planting later in the summer.
→ You get to enjoy the process of gardening – being out in the sunshine and fresh air, knowing exactly where your food comes from, and sharing any surplus (usually zucchini!) with your friends and neighbors.
→ Most folks will agree that homegrown, recently picked foods just taste better.
Let us know if you’ve used your FNS/SNAP benefits to purchase seeds or plants.