Winter Farmers' Market Accepts SNAP Benefits

What: The Bloomington Winter Farmers’ Market is now accepting SNAP, or “Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program” benefits.  Customers must simply bring their EBT cards to the information booth directly inside the doors of the west entrance to the Market where they will be able to collect tokens equivalent to dollar amounts.  These tokens can be used to buy fresh foods at the Market and are valid through the last weekend in March, when the Winter Market ends.  Items for sale include produce, meat, honey, cheese, dairy products, flour mixes, bread, dried beans, salsa, pies, cookies, and even seeds.  Due to the generosity of an anonymous donor, the Winter Market will also be able to double customers’ SNAP benefits up to $18.  In other words, a customer can have $18 deducted from his/her EBT card, but receive $36 in tokens to spend on fresh food at the market.  This bonus incentive program will also be available at the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market, which starts in April.

When: Saturday mornings from 9:00 am to 12 noon, through March 30

Where: The Market is located in the Harmony School Gym at 909 East Second Street.  Parking is free and legal at the Harmony School parking lot, on the street and at the Atwater Parking Garage.  The nearest bus stop is Atwater & Woodlawn at the Optometry School (R4 bus).

Why:  The purpose of the bonus incentive program is to increase the purchasing power of low-income families at farmers’ markets so that they can afford to buy more fresh, healthy foods.