Suitland Farmers Market launches SNAP-EBT token program today

The Suitland Farmers Market, located at 4500 Suitland Road, is launching their token program today.  Open from 3:00 – 7:00pm, there will be a variety of items available for purchase from local farmers and producers.

The market will accept SNAP, credit & debit cards through a market-wide token system similar to those that have been implemented throughout the state.  There will also be an incentive program that provides up to $10 in matching Maryland Market Money.

Maryland Market Money is a matching “incentive” for shoppers spending EBT/SNAP or WIC Fruit and Vegetable Checks (FVC) at participating farmers’ markets.  By offering this match, Maryland Market Money draws new low-income shoppers to partner markets, stretches their food budgets to afford more healthy items, and provides additional revenue to farmers and vendors at farmers markets.

At market, shoppers get a match of up to $10 in paper Maryland Market Money vouchers when they use their SNAP-EBT, FMNP or WIC Fruit and Vegetable checks at market by visiting the central market table.  Shoppers then spend the Maryland Market Money with market vendors for approved items, and vendors turn in the paper vouchers for a reimbursement along with EBT and debit tokens at the end of the market day.

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Maryland Buy Local Challenge Week!

The Maryland Buy Local Challenge Week – the last full week in July when you can pledge to eat at least one local thing from one local farm every day – starts on July 20th and goes through July 28th this year.

Sign up to take the pledge: Buy Local Challenge and be sure to get to your farmers market – an easy place to find delicious locally produced food.  Not sure what to do with that produce? Here you can find recipe books and more information on buying local: MDA Buy Local page.

Not sure where your closest market is?  Here’s a handy map for you to check by zooming in or typing in your address in the search box: 2013 Farmers Market Map.

 

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Updated Toolkit on Accepting Federal Nutrition Benefits at Farmers Markets

Not sure of all the federal nutrition benefit programs that could be accepted at your farmers market?  A little confused about “WIC” and SNAP and how they work at farmers markets? Want to expand your customer base and ensure that there is access for all to the fresh local healthy foods that your farmers and producers provide at the market?

Well then you should start here.  Maryland Hunger Solutions first put together this a few years ago, and it was a helpful consolidation of the information for handy reference.  This year they have updated the guide with the most current information, so you can be sure that all of the contacts and details for running these programs at market is included and accurate.

Accepting Federal Nutrition Benefits at Maryland Farmers Markets” is the definitive guide to implementing FMNP, FVC, and SNAP at Maryland farmers markets and expanding the customer base at your local farmers market.

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State Center Farmers Market launches SNAP today

The State Center Farmers Market, located at 201 W. Preston Street in Baltimore – in the heart of the Maryland state office building complex – is launching their token program today.  Open from 10am – 2pm, there will be a variety of items available for purchase from local farmers and producers.

The market will accept SNAP, credit & debit cards through a token system similar to those that have been implemented throughout the state.  There will also be an incentive program that provides up to $5 in matching Baltimore Bucks.

Baltimore Bucks is a matching “incentive” for shoppers spending EBT/SNAP or WIC Fruit and Vegetable Checks (FVC) at participating farmers’ markets.  By offering this match, Baltimore Bucks draw new low-income shoppers to partner markets, stretch their food budgets to afford more healthy items, and encourage vendors to sell at farmers’ markets serving low and moderate income households.  Maryland Hunger Solutions has grown the network of partner farmers markets and the scope from 3 to 11 markets since its launch in 2010, thanks to incredible partnerships with Crossroads and others.

At market, shoppers get a match of up to $5 in paper Baltimore Bucks vouchers when they use their EBT or WIC Fruit and Vegetable checks at market, shoppers spend these with market vendors for approved items, and vendors turn in the paper vouchers for a reimbursement with their EBT and debit tokens at the end of the market day.

So get to market today and support a great program while you are getting your fresh vegetables, fruits, and delicious local food.

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Druid Hill Farmers Market launches SNAP & token program today

The Druid Hill  Market, located at 3100 Swann Drive in Baltimore – near the Conservatory – is launching their token program today.  Open from 3:30 – 7:30pm, there will be a variety of items available for purchase from local farmers and producers.

The market will accept SNAP, credit & debit cards through a token system similar to those that have been implemented throughout the state.  There will also be an incentive program that provides up to $5 in matching Baltimore Bucks.

Baltimore Bucks is a matching “incentive” for shoppers spending EBT/SNAP or WIC Fruit and Vegetable Checks (FVC) at participating farmers’ markets.  By offering this match, Baltimore Bucks draw new low-income shoppers to partner markets, stretch their food budgets to afford more healthy items, and encourage vendors to sell at farmers’ markets serving low and moderate income households.  Maryland Hunger Solutions has grown the network of partner farmers markets and the scope from 3 to 11 markets since its launch in 2010, thanks to incredible partnerships with Crossroads and others.

At market, shoppers get a match of up to $5 in paper Baltimore Bucks vouchers when they use their EBT or WIC Fruit and Vegetable checks at market, shoppers spend these with market vendors for approved items, and vendors turn in the paper vouchers for a reimbursement with their EBT and debit tokens at the end of the market day.

So get to market today and support a great program while you are getting your fresh vegetables, fruits, and delicious local food.

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2013 Farmers Market Map available

Trying to remember when your local farmers market will be open? Getting ready to use your federal nutrition benefits (FMNP-WIC, FMNP-Seniors, WIC-FVC or SNAP) at market and not sure which markets accept them?

Now you can check & see! The 2013 Farmers Market Map with federal benefit nutrition programs accepted is now available – and more importantly searchable! Just type in your address in the white search box in the upper-right hand corner and it will zoom to show you the closest farmers market and what benefits they accept. Click on the markers to get information including dates, times, contact information and links to the market website.

Happy 2013 Farmers Market Season!

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List of Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program Check Distribution Dates & Sites Now Available

The Farmers Market Nutrition (FMNP) program kicked off on June 1, with income-qualified Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and Seniors (60+) beginning to use their allotted checks to buy locally grown fresh fruit, vegetables, cut herbs, and honey from authorized farmers at Maryland farmers markets.

This week, the locations, dates, and times for the distribution of the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program were announced in two formats: a statewide LIST and a handy, searchable MAP.

Managed by the Maryland Department of Agriculture and funded by USDA, more information on the program can be found here.  Not sure if your farmers market accepts these benefits?  Check this map to find out.

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