SNAP/EBT at a Chatham County Farmers’ Market

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The Pittsboro Farmers’ Market now accepts SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) , increasing access to a variety of fresh, local vegetables, fruits, meats, breads, and more. EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) cards can be used at the year-round market each Thursday from 3:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m. at The Plant (220 Lorax Lane).

Visit the market for a kick-off event on January 25th with giveaways, food tastings, and more.

Flyer displaying announcement

The market’s vendors are excited for this addition and see the value in adopting this program.

Now that our market can accept EBT payments, more folks in our community will have access to fresh, local, high-quality, nutrient dense food, and our hard-working farmers and producers will have access to a new income stream. This is a great step in the direction of making the Pittsboro Farmers Market accessible to all. And, as with farming, increasing diversity, increases the health of our community. It’s a win-win!” – Patricia Parker of In Good Heart Farm

Mackenzie Withington of LillyDen Farm saysAccepting SNAP/EBT at our farmers market is a meaningful step, ensuring that everyone, regardless of income, can access quality, locally grown food for their households. It’s about fostering inclusivity, supporting our community, and making a positive impact on food accessibility.”

Shopping at a farmers’ market not only increases access to local foods, the markets also build community and foster new relationships as Meredith Leight of Granite Springs Farms shares, ”I’m thrilled that we’re now able to take SNAP EBT payments. Our market is a community gathering space, where neighbors can do their grocery shopping and visit with each other. We want it to be accessible to all of our neighbors.”

The Pittsboro Farmers’ Market is currently working on a dollar-matching program so that SNAP beneficiaries can double-up on the amount they have to spend at the market. Ask the market manager how you may be able to help this become a reality!

Farmers’ markets can be a great place to get fresh and local foods in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. People are often surprised to find that the fruits and veggies at these markets can be tastier, fresher, and sometimes even cheaper than the ones at the grocery store. It’s also a great way to support the local economy with more of each dollar spent at the farmers’ market being spent locally.