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Stanly County Health Education Specialist Jennifer Layton organized the Stanly Commons Farmers Market. Jennifer Layton, health education specialist at the Stanly County Health Department, was instrumental in organizing the Stanly Commons Market. “Farmers markets are important because they provide access to healthy foods, help lower taxes and create a strong sense of community,” she said. “Our goal (at the Monday market) is to increase access to low income families.” There is a SNAP/EBT booth where individuals can swipe SNAP/EBT cards and enter an amount they wish to spend; an attendant will provide a receipt and wooden tokens to be used for requested amount of purchases at the Commons Market. The indoor market usually features 8-10 vendors. Plans are underway to transition from seasonal to a year-round market. 28 Discover Stanly | 2017