Champaign-Urbana Public Health District

Growing Your Own Food is a SNAP with Seed and Plant Sales at CUPHD

Friday - May 25, 2012

Champaign-Urbana Public Health District is Hosting a Seed and Plant Sale Day

Champaign, IL - The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) will be hosting a seed and plant sale for anyone with SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 201 West Kenyon Road in Champaign from 1:00 - 5:30 PM, as part of the Farmers' Market season kick-off.

Seeds will be available for purchase from 10 to 50 cents per package and plants will be available for between $1.00 and $3.50 each, depending on variety. Available plants will include broccoli, peppers and tomatoes (multiple varieties), cucumber, eggplant, strawberry, spaghetti squash, zucchini, watermelon, cantaloupe, sweet potato and more. These items can be purchased at a much cheaper price than fresh produce. One $3.00 tomato plant can produce up to 10 to 15 pounds of tomatoes whereas you might pay $4.98 for two pounds of tomatoes at a local grocer; one $3.00 seedless watermelon plant can produce multiple watermelons but would cost $6.00 for one watermelon at the grocery store; one $3.00 cucumber plant also produces multiple cucumbers but costs $4.00 for two cucumbers at the store; and six red or yellow peppers could cost $7.00 when purchased at a local grocer.

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