The Seattle Farmer's Market Association is committed to providing equal access to fresh produce and local products. The following programs help connect more people to the market and accessible healthy food.
Ballard, Wallingford, and Madrona Farmers Market are now proudly accepting $5 Farm Bucks! Never heard of them? Here’s the lay of the land: Also known as ‘Helping Harvest Vouchers’, Farm Bucks are distributed (for free!) at food banks and other institutions that serve our lower income community members in the City of Seattle. You can then take them straight to the farmer of your choice, and exchange for farm-fresh products. There is no change given back for the bucks - ask a farmer for the best $5 deals! The Bucks can be used on products that come directly and wholly from farms. For example, eggs or dairy that came from animals raised by the same farm that is selling them, or jam made with berries grown by the same farm that sells the processed product. The Farm Bucks being accepted at our markets will expire on October 31, 2019, giving you just enough time to explore the fall produce that is coming in! This limited edition currency is funded by the Sweetened Beverage Tax and the Seattle Food Committee.
*We are not currently able to process $1 Farm Bucks at Ballard, Wallingford, and Madrona. $1 Farm Bucks can be redeemed at any Neighborhood Farmers Market location. Stay tuned for updates about expansion of this currency in 2020!
All SFMA markets accept EBT/SNAP. Check in at the Information Desk to swipe your EBT card to have an even number amount taken off of your card in exchange for market tokens. These tokens don't expire and can be used at any vendor that sells produce.
Fresh Bucks provides Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as “food stamps”) brings shoppers 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 a new addition to the Fresh Bucks program. Participating medical providers can prescribe vegetables to their patients. Medical providers write out a Fresh Bucks RX prescription which can be cashed in Fresh Bucks vouchers at the Information Desk. These can only be used towards produce. To learn more about the program, check out
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. Be sure to 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.
Gleaning is the process of collecting excess fresh foods that would otherwise be going to waste. SFMA is committed to sending excess produce to local non profits. Contributions from our generous vendors allow us to donate a variety of fresh food to those in need. If you’d like to volunteer, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.