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USDA Food Programs

 

The Bedford Farmers Market is pleased to participate in the following USDA Food Assistance Programs.

We accept several types of food assistance at our farmers markets. That is, there are several ways to pay at our farmers market, beyond cash, that  help all consumers access healthy, local food from the farmers market. The following describes our “alternative currencies” , the non-cash currency used to make purchases at the farmers markets. The following is a basic description of all of the food assistance programs we offer at the market as well as how they work.

Vendors selling qualifying products and participating in these programs will have signs at their booth welcoming shoppers using these currencies.


 

 

WIC Project Fresh
The federal Farmers Market Nutrition Program (known in Michigan as WIC Project FRESH) participants receive booklets of $2 coupons, to be spent on fresh Michigan produce at
authorized farmers markets and farm stands. Women and children up to age 5 (excluding
infants) currently enrolled in the WIC program can get coupons for fresh fruits and vegetables.
Women who are either pregnant or breastfeeding are targeted to help meet their special nutritional needs. Customers are able to spend the coupons directly with vendors. This means that the farmers market staff does not distribute these coupons
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  Participants may buy locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables, but are especially encouraged to buy broccoli, carrots, potatoes, squash, peaches, apples and tomatoes. A variety of produce rich in vitamins A, C, and folic acid are emphasized. Current allowable herbs are: Basil, Cilantro, Dill, Lemon Grass, Marjoram, Mint, Oregano, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, Summer Savory, Sorrel, Tarragon and Thyme.

 The vendor will  know which of their products are locally grown (grown within the state of Michigan or border counties). Ineligible foods for the purposes of WIC Project Fresh include, but are limited to: herbs (except those listed above), honey, maple syrup, cider, nuts, seeds, eggs, cheese, meat, or seafood.

 


 

 

Senior Market Fresh

The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, know in Michigan as Senior Project FRESH or
Senior Market FRESH, provides income-qualified older adults with booklets of $2 coupons, to be
spent on fresh Michigan produce and honey at authorized farmers markets and farm stands.
Customers are able to spend the coupons directly with vendors.

The list of products that may be purchased with Senior Project Fresh is here as a pdf.

Locally, Monroe County Opportunity Program distributes the coupons at their office in Monroe and at Ivor Lindsay and Luther Haus, both in Temperance.

 

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 Update 4/29/16: Usually distribution of the coupons begins on June 1st of each year. I spoke with MCOP today (Monroe County distributing agency), and was informed that they have been given permission to begin distributing the coupons earlier this year. They plan to start the program as soon as they receive their coupons from the state agency.

The coupons fro 2015 were pink (as pictured above), but coupons for 2016 will be yellow.

 


 

 

SNAP/EBT & Michigan Bridge Card

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The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, is the federal government’s largest nutrition assistance program. SNAP is administered by the USDA. Because it is a federal program, out of state residents, such as Ohio, can use their SNAP benefits card at our market, including the Double Up Food Bucks program detailed in the next section.
To use their SNAP card at the Bedford Farmers Market shoppers need to:

  •   come to the information booth to swipe their card for the amount they want to spend          and receive that amount of $1 blue imprinted wooden tokens
  •   spend those tokens the same as cash on qualifying produce sold by our vendors
  •   any unspent tokens can be saved for another visit to the market or returned for a credit     on their SNAP card

 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

 

Eligible Food Items

Last Published: 03/21/2016

Households CAN use SNAP benefits to buy:

Foods for the household to eat, such as:  

  • breads and cereals;  
  • fruits and vegetables;  
  • meats, fish and poultry; and   
  • dairy products.
    • Seeds and plants which produce food for the household to eat.

 

Households CANNOT use SNAP benefits to buy:

    • Beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes or tobacco
    • Any nonfood items, such as:
    • pet foods  
    • soaps, paper products   
    • household supplies
    • Vitamins and medicines
    • Food that will be eaten in the store
    • Hot foods

 

 


 

Double Up Food Bucks
The Double Up Food Bucks program enables SNAP recipients to receiving matching dollars for
SNAP purchases they make at a participating farmers market. Currently, customers can match up to $20 per day, per market, to be spent at the farmers markets on Michigan produce. Double Up Food Bucks metal tokens, created by sponsoring organization Fair Food Network, are administered at the information booth.

  • customers swipe their SNAP card for the amount they wish to spend
  • when they received their SNAP $1 wooden tokens, at the same time they receive an equal amount of $2 DUFB metal tokens.
  •  it is strongly suggested that shoppers spend their DUFB metal tokens first each market day

DUFB metal token may be used to purchase ONLY fresh fruit and vegetables. You cannot buy bread, eggs, plants, or seeds with them.

 

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