This program enables SNAP or Food Stamp recipients to use their EBT cards to purchase healthy, fresh, and locally produced food at farmers’ markets. SNAP recipients can purchase vegetables, meats, milk and cheese, honey, breads, baked products, and even seeds or seedlings for food-producing plants! Learn more HERE
Seacoast Eat Local (SEL) is proud to announce that the Winter Farmers’ Market accepts SNAP/EBT! These Winter Farmers’ Markets take place in Exeter and Rollinsford from November through April. Dates, times, and location details can be found on our Winter Farmers’ Market page >
We will also be collaborating with the Greenland Farmers’ Market and the Seacoast Growers’ Association to offer SNAP at the Dover, Exeter, Greenland, and Portsmouth Farmers’ Markets during the summer.
How It Works
At the market, SNAP recipients can choose how much they would like to spend that day on food purchases. A market staff member will then swipe their EBT card for that amount. The customer is then given wooden tokens, that are used just like cash, and can be used to buy food at approved vendors at the market. Learn More about shopping with SNAP
By allowing SNAP recipients to use their federal benefits at the winter and summer farmers’ markets, SEL hopes to create year-round access to local foods. The goal of the program is to not only improve access to fresh foods and in turn improve an individual’s nutrition and health, but also to invigorate the local economy and New Hampshire’s agricultural community.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP, is the new name for the federal program formerly known as Food Stamps. SNAP was established by the Food Stamp Act of 1964, and provides federal assistance to people who are eligible based on income.
Electronic Benefit Transfer or EBT, is the new electronic method of payment for SNAP benefits. Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards, very similar to debit cards, are now used to make purchases for food items in approved locations, replacing the paper voucher system.
Market Match, is an additional incentive program that matches SNAP customers benefits dollar for dollar, up to the first $10. Market Match Coupons can be used to purchase additional fruits and vegetables at the market. Funding provided by Wholesome Wave.
Close The Gap, is the newest addition to the SNAP/EBT Farmers Market Program, and aims to bridge the gap between the time that SNAP customers run out of benefits and when their EBT cards are refilled. SNAP customers that have depleted their SNAP funds can attend the last market of the month and will receive $20 FREE to spend on food (Customer must present SNAP/EBT card to receive CTG funds). Funding provided by the Thomas W. Haas Foundation.
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Interested in starting a SNAP program for your farmers market? Here are great resources to start with:
- USDA learn how you can accept SNAP Benefits at farmers markets
- Farmers Market Coalition Resource Library
- Project for Public Spaces SNAP/EBT at your farmers market
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Support for this program is provided by Seacoast Area Teachers of Yoga in Action, the Thomas W. Haas Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, and a partnership with Wholesome Wave and the NH Food Bank.
SNAP/EBT Farmers’ Market Program
Seacoast Eat Local’s newest program is looking for volunteers this summer. Help increase access to local fresh healthy food for low-income individuals and families!
Learn the Lingo!
SNAP: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the new name for the program formerly known as Food Stamps
EBT: Electronic Benefit Transfer, a card very similar to a debit card, is now the form of payment/redemption for SNAP recipients
SNAP/EBT Farmers Market Program: Enables SNAP recipients to use their federal benefits at select local farmers markets, using their EBT cards to purchase tokens that can then be used to buy food!
Market Match: An Incentive Program that Doubles SNAP shoppers money up to $10 per person/per market! This really helps to extend customers SNAP dollars and make shopping at the farmers’ market more affordable.
What YOU can do to help
Help at the Market: Volunteers are needed to help at the SNAP/EBT booth to help answer customer’s questions, assist the program coordinator with EBT and debit transactions, and to provide new EBT shoppers with information and a farmers’ market tour.
Tell your Community: Help us promote this program all over the Seacoast region of New Hampshire. We can provide you with posters, fliers and more information to put up in your own community!