National Farmers Market Week starts Sunday, August 6th. This week highlights the important role farmers markets play in the nation’s food system. Last year, $20.2 million of SNAP funds were used at farmers markets in the United States, helping families buy fresh, healthy food and support their local farmers. Right here in Virginia, we have 250 markets, more than twice the number from just 10 years ago. Ninety-seven Virginia farmers markets accept SNAP, and many offer SNAP matching as well. The best way to celebrate is to visit your local market. To make it easier for first-time shoppers and busy families, here’s a collection of great resources for shopping at a farmers market on a budget. Continue reading
Farmers markets are a popular destination for fresh, healthy foods grown in the local area. As more markets accept SNAP/EBT and offer SNAP matching programs, farmers markets are growing in popularity for SNAP shoppers looking for healthy food options for their families. Farmers markets have a reputation for being expensive, but with these tips, you can shop smart and stick to a budget. Continue reading
After hearing about #ESMMatFM all summer, you may be wondering, “What’s the big deal about farmers markets anyway?” More people are shopping for locally grown food at farmers markets than ever before. But there are still some who have not experienced the benefits of SNAP at Farmers Markets. Keep reading for a list of my favorite reasons to Eat Smart and Move More at Farmers Markets. Continue reading
Guess what is [finally] here? Our Eat Smart, Move More at Farmers Markets campaign! After months of planning, designing campaign materials (billboards, bus signs, magnets, and tote bags), and collaborating with Cooperative Extension Agents and Farmers Market Managers across the state, the campaign is totally up and running. The purpose of the campaign is to encourage more Virginians to Eat Smart & Move more at Farmers Markets using SNAP. Nationwide, more and more SNAP recipients are using SNAP to eat smart and move more at their local farmers market. This helps them afford fresh, local, healthy foods and support their local communities. Continue reading
Happy National Farmers Market Week! I hope you’ve had a chance to visit your local farmers market and taste the delicious fresh, Virginia Grown™ food available there. All summer long, we’ve been encouraging you, our loyal readers, and participants of our program to Eat Smart, Move More at Farmers Markets. Using SNAP at farmers markets is a great way to eat smart, support your local community, and even increase your food budget (more on that below). But you don’t have to take my word for it. Today, we are featuring the advice of one of FNP’s farmers market interns as well as a SNAP recipient who shops at the farmers market.