Tips to Incorporating SNAP at Farmers Markets
Farmers markets are an ancient method used by farmers worldwide to sell their produce directly to consumers. As U.S. food production became increasingly industrialized and specialized, farmers markets were replaced by brokers and supermarkets. During the past couple of decades, however, farmers markets have rapidly regained popularity in the U.S.
Farmers find a number of advantages in selling at farmers markets. By selling directly to their customers without going through middlemen, farmers can charge retail prices for their produce. A farmers market is a good place for new growers who are perfecting production skills and learning which products customers want most. In addition, many growers enjoy the interaction with customers and other vendors, and say, “This is my social life.”
For customers, too, the farmers market is not just a place to buy food, but a social affair. A festive atmosphere helps to bring people to markets, where they can talk with farmers about how the produce was grown and how it can be prepared.
To encourage more producers and consumers to participate in local farmers, here is a tip sheet to selling at farmers markets and ways to incorporate electronic Food Stamps. As NCAT emphasizes, this expands access to nutritious local food and support for local farmers.