Did you know that the number of farmers markets that accept SNAP benefits is dramatically increasing? This means access to high quality, fresh organic fruits and vegetables for everyone-regardless of income.
Using SNAP benefits to purchase produce at the Farmers Market benefits both the consumer and farmer. Everyone knows that consuming more fresh fruit and veggies is good for their health. Local Farmers Markets generally sell the freshest local produce available-often having just been picked just that morning. Farmers Markets that accept SNAP benefits help the family farmer as well, by increasing their sales.
How it Works
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), previously known as food stamps, allows it’s participants to use their EBT card (it works like a debit card) at participating Farmers Markets. The EBT card is used to “purchase” tokens that are then accepted by the vendors/farmers as payment. The vendor/farmer exchanges the tokens in at the end of the market for currency equal to the value of the tokens. More details about SNAP
List of Farmers Markets that Accept SNAP
LINK TO CURRENT SNAP APPROVED FARMERS MARKETS
Note: This list is always expanding. If you don’t see your market on the list ask your local farmers market if they accept EBT.
What Items Can be Purchased Using SNAP?
Households CAN use SNAP benefits to buy:
Foods for the household to eat, such as:
- breads and cereals;
- fruits and vegetables;
- meats, fish and poultry; and
- dairy products.
- seeds and plants which produce food for the household to eat.
Households CANNOT use SNAP benefits to buy:
- Beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes or tobacco
- pet foods
- soaps, paper products
- household supplies
- vitamins and medicines
- hot foods
Wondering what to buy at the farmers market and how to prepare healthy meals on a limited food budget? Good and Cheap by Leanne Brown is a gorgeous cookbook for people with limited income, particularly those on a $4/day food stamps budget.