ELLSWORTH, Maine — The National Farmersâ€™ Market Weekwill take placeÂ August 7-13,Â Highlighting market access to SNAP recipients.
Farmersâ€™ markets are having a substantial impact on Maineâ€™s economy. Markets support small family farms through direct marketing, strengthen communities through local spending, and make fresh, nutritious food available to more people. Once thought to be for shoppers of greater means, markets are now seen as a place to shop for all income levels including families in the SNAP (formerly food stamp) program.
According to the Farmersâ€™ Market Coalition, Maineâ€™s farmersâ€™ markets saw a startling 3,804% jump of participation by those on SNAP from the 2010 season from the previous year. The increased involvement is due in large part to programs like the one run by the Down East Business Alliance in partnership with Wholesome Wave which help markets provide a double value program to SNAP customers.
Many markets in Maine which accept SNAP benefits also participate in a double value program. These matching funds are provided to SNAP participants to allow them greater access to healthy local foods. The double value program is a great benefit to SNAP recipients since it allows them to purchase more food at the market than they could otherwise afford. It also benefits the community as farmers, in turn; spend their increased revenues on local goods and services. During National Farmers Market Week, August 7-13, letâ€™s celebrate that more people than ever have opportunity to shop at their local farmers markets. Visit a market in your region and enjoy healthy food grown by Maineâ€™s farmers.
The Down East Business Alliance is proud to partner with the following farmersâ€™ markets and farm stands that accept SNAP benefits.
Bridgton Farmers Market *
Ellsworth Farmers Market *
Gardiner Farmers’ Market
Hermon Farmersâ€™ Market
Lakes Region Farmers Market *
Lewiston Farmersâ€™ Market *
North Berwick Farmers Market *
Portland Farmersâ€™ Market
Sanford Farmers Market *
Peacemeal Farm and Freedom Farm at the Belfast Farmersâ€™ Market *
Peacemeal Farm at the Camden Farmersâ€™ Market *
Peacemeal and Freedom Farm at the Orono Farmersâ€™ Market *
Darthia Farm Stand (Gouldsboro)
Crystal Spring Farm (Oxford)
Stutzman Farm Stand (Sangerville)
Beech Hill Farm Stand (Mount Desert)
* These markets have a double value program. For more information about these programs at a market near you, call Sarah Joy ChaplesÂ at 664-2424 x 4460.
Contact Name: Sarah Joy Chaples
Telephone Number: (207)664-2424