Shopping at the Farmers’ Market with Food Stamps

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I love my Farmers’ Market but for various reasons, we had only made it once or twice all summer long. Those two trips happened to fall on the Wednesday before our Food Stamp Day (the 9th of every month), and we had to spend cash instead of use our EBT card.

We are incredibly fortunate that we have a great Farmers’ Market within walking distance of our house and that they accept food stamps. Less than half of all Farmers’ Markets in the U.S. accept food stamps.    Avi Miner, who is my local market manager and Local Foods Community Educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension , said he didn’t understand why more farmers’ markets don’t participate because the process is very simple.
This is problematic as there is more discussion about states adopting “junk food bills” that restrict the types of food people receiving SNAP can buy.

It’s ridiculous to limit the food choices of people, especially when they may live in an area already hindered by poor choices (for example, food deserts). You can’t restrict options without offering an affordable alternative to replace that gap. Farmers’ Markets are vital to serving that need. DSC_0483

As far as being a food stamp foodie using EBT at a farmers’ market, it’s also very easy. Although it may be different from market to market, this is how it works at ours ….

At the market office, your EBT card is swiped for whatever amount you think you’d like to spend.  For our trip last week, we asked for $30.

Once your card is swiped for the amount you want, you’re given tokens.

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AND , thanks to a grant, my market gives additional coupons to SNAP recipients . For every $5, you get an extra $2.  Some markets will double the amount you spend.

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So, we had $42 to spend.  As much as I love eating the food and everything, I also love just taking pictures of it.  It’s all just so gorgeous.
 *Gratuitous Produce Porn*
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I know. Swoon worthy,right?

Here is some of what we ended up taking home. We spent $41 Missing from this picture are raspberries, which were already in the kids’ bellies two minutes after we got home, and a watermelon we had for dessert.

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If the tomatoes from my own garden hurry up and finish ripening, those peppers are going to be awesome in salsa. Those purple peppers are gorgeous things. They turn green when you cook them.  They also inspire one to attempt saying, “Peter Piper picked a peck of purple pickled peppers”, while cutting them up.

If you aren’t sure if your local Farmers’ Market accepts SNAP or not, go here to find out:
Farmers’ Markets Accepting SNAP

If your local Farmers’ Market does not currently accept SNAP , I would suggest making some phone calls to those in charge of the market, urging them to consider applying.  The application for Farmers’ Markets to accept SNAP can be found at the USDA website here:
Accept SNAP Benefits at Farmer’s Markets application

My gratitude to the Trumansburg Farmers’ Market,  for supporting food insecure families in the community by providing accessibility to quality,local produce.  You rock.

7 thoughts on “Shopping at the Farmers’ Market with Food Stamps

  1. I was also blocked from posting from Facebook for 12 hours based on a comment I made on that same post the admins were blocked on, for supposedly violating their community standards with this comment, “Cierra, get an education, dear.” I sent them a message that read, “Are you kidding me? With all the racism, sexism, fatphobia, rape culture, ethnocentrism, and other profanity you allow on this site, you are going to block me because I advised someone to seek higher learning? I couldn’t have violated community standards because facebook has none.” Freaking idiots.

    1. INCREDIBLE. So, basically because some twat couldn’t deal with people explaining to her why her opinion might not be informed and valid, she decided she needed to report everyone for harassing her so they had to go in Facebook timeout.

      People shouldn’t be online if they can’t act like growed up people.

  2. Thank you so much for that sheet with the farmers markets. I actually have two here that accept SNAP! One of which my husband actually went to last night and spent $35 between veggies and some random meats. Now I have to go and figure out out to use our card there so we can get some fresh, local produce!

  3. Thank you for this. I have wicked social anxiety (on top of my mobility issues) and have been eyeing signs for the farmers market that accepts SNAP. It helps to know ahead of time about the exchange system. Hoping to get there next Tuesday!

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