To make their markets more accessible to all customers, many market operators have begun to take advantage of federal nutrition assistance programs including the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and Seniors (SFMNP), the WIC Fruit and Vegetables Cash Value Voucher Program, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program. By accepting these alternative forms of payment, farmers’ markets can help to make fresh, healthy, and local food more accessible to low-income families while increasing the revenue of farmers.
Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP)
Currently four of the seven Hartford Markets accept SNAP benefits:
- The Billings Forge Farmers’ Market
- The Homestead Farmers’ Market at the Chrysalis Center
- The North End Farmers’ Market
- The West End Farmers’ Market
To use your benefits at any of our markets, simply go to the market information booth, tell the staff how much money you would like to spend, and they will swipe your EBT card for the amount you request. You will then be given wooden tokens and paper scrip for that amount to buy fresh produce and other foods at the market. The tokens never expire.
If you use your SNAP benefits at the Billings Forge and North End Markets, you will get twice the value! For every dollar you swipe with your SNAP/EBT card at the market you receive another dollar to spend at the market on produce, bread, cheese, eggs, meat, and more. For example, if you spend $10 of your own SNAP benefits at the market, Billings Forge and North End Market staff will give you another $10 to spend at the market. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity!
To learn more about SNAP in Connecticut, visit the Department of Social Services website here.
WIC and Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program
All seven of the Hartford Markets accept WIC and Senior FMNP coupons, which are designated for the purchase of agricultural products sold at farmers’ markets. Participants in the WIC and Senior FMNP programs can use their coupons for approved products at the markets. For more information about the WIC and Senior FMNP programs, visit the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program page here.
WIC Fruit and Vegetable Cash Value Voucher (CVV) Program
The WIC Fruit and Vegetable Voucher Program, which is not intended specifically for farmers’ markets, aims to improve access to healthy foods for women, children, and infants at nutritional risk.
The North End Farmers’ Market not only accepts, but also doubles the value of all WIC CVVs that are spent at the market!
To learn more about the WIC Program, visit their website here.