The St. Louis Farmers Market has processed more than 100 SNAP transactions so far this season with an average of eight families purchasing fresh Michigan fruits and vegetables each week with their SNAP benefits. The farmers market has made an additional $1,400 in revenue so far by accepting SNAP, which helps the local businesses and farmers.
“Accepting SNAP at our farmers market makes a big difference not only for local families, but also for our vendors”, says Linda Bader, Market Manager for the St. Louis Farmers Market. The market is seasonal, meaning it is only open June through October.
This is a great benefit for the community- this is currently the only farmers market in Gratiot County that accepts SNAP benefits. Bader also emphasized how helpful the Double Up Food Bucks program has been to help the community to purchase and eat more fruits and vegetables.
For help applying for SNAP benefits, call the Food Bank Council of Michigan helpline at 1.888.544.8773
To find your local farmers market, visit www.mifma.org
For more information about Double Up Food Bucks, visit http://www.doubleupfoodbucks.org/