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ASU Natchez Farmers Market to host Extension Awareness Day and Fruit and Vegetable Festival

Alcorn State, Miss. (July 17, 2013) - The Alcorn State University Extension Program (ASUEP) Natchez Farmers Market will host its annual Extension Awareness Day and Fruit and Vegetable Festival on Saturday, July 20, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Farmers Market, 199 St. Catherine Street, Natchez, Mississippi, according to Helen D. Brooks, marketing coordinator.

Participants will be offered samples of modified healthy recipes for locally grown produce. “The recipes incorporate healthy ingredients while maintaining the delicious flavor of food,” Brooks said.

Food demonstrations will be provided by nutrition specialists Dr. Mattie Rasco, ASUEP, and Edith Ezekwe, Department of Human Sciences, Jardana Brice and Lela Shelby, both from the Mississippi State University Extension Service, Family and Nutrition Program, and members of the Health and Wellness Program, Mt. Bethel Baptist Church in Natchez, Mississippi.

A live remote from Alcorn’s radio station WPRL- FM 91.7 - “The Gold” - will be provided by Jerome Myles, station manager, Department of Mass Communications.

Upcoming events at the Natchez Farmers Market include:

• 2nd Annual Food Safety and Fun Day , September 7, 2013

• 9th annual Pumpkin Carving Contest, October, 26, 2013

• 5th annual Youth Art Competition, December 7, 2013

For additional information on the Natchez Farmers Market, contact Brooks at 601.442.4648, 601.807.0376 or brooks@alcorn.edu .

 -ALCORN-

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