SFMA is committed to providing equal access to fresh produce and local products. The following programs are various ways which connect more people to the market.
All of SFMA markets accept EBT/SNAP. Check in with the Information Desk to swipe your EBT card for any even number amount to be taken off of your card and receive market tokens in exchange. Market tokens do not expire and can be used at any vendor that sells produce.
Fresh Bucks provides Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as “food stamps”) shoppers with extra buying power. The program matches SNAP dollar-for-dollar up to $10 per cardholder per market per day. Fresh Bucks is for fruit and vegetable purchases only. Click here for more information.
Fresh Bucks RX
Fresh Bucks RX is an addition of the Fresh Bucks program, where participating medical providers can literally prescribe vegetables to their patients. Medical providers will write out a Fresh Bucks RX prescription which can then be cashed in for market tokens at the Information Desk. Tokens can only be used towards produce. To learn more about the program you can check out our blog post!
The Seattle Farmers Market Association participates in the Farmers Market Nutrition Program which offers checks to the Women's, Infant's and Children's (WIC) program as well as the Senior FMNP program. Checks issued by the FMNP can be used at eligible vendor booths only. Ask vendors if they accept these checks before purchasing. SFMA is not in charge of issuing FMNP checks. You can find more information about the program here.
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Gleaning is the process of collecting excess fresh foods that would otherwise be going to waste. SFMA is committed to donating excess produce to local non-profits who are in need. Our vendors are some of the most generous around allowing us to donate such fresh local produce.