New EBT Market at Brittingham Park!

britt park fm logoThe Brittingham Park Farmers’ Market will open for business on Tuesday, June 3rd. Come on down to the Brittingham Park Pavilion on West Washington Avenue from 3pm to 6pm for their kickoff event! Guest chefs will be joining the market vendors each week to do special demonstrations and give out tasty samples with the recipe cards. Something unique about this farmers’ market will be their weekly “Featured Ingredient” emphasized in the cooking demo and available for purchase at the market. BPFM has been authorized to accept EBT and should be ready to accept benefits on opening day.

Find them on Facebook to learn more throughout the season!

Also see this Isthmus Daily Page write-up on the new market!

Grow Your Own Food? You Can Do It With SNAP

That’s right, SNAP/EBT benefits can be used to purchase food-producing plants and seeds. That includes tomato starts, cilantro plants, pumpkin seeds; whatever you want to eat and have the green thumb to grow. If you’re new to gardening, ask your market farmer about low-maintenance crops or check out some resources on container gardening to start small. You can also call or email the Horticulture Hotline operated by Master Gardener Volunteers from Dane County UW-Extension at (608) 224-3721 or horticulture@countyofdane.com with questions as you get started and throughout the season. UW Extension also has some resources pertaining to container gardening available on their Learning Store website.

Fair warning, usually your SNAP benefits can only be spent this way at farmers’ markets or grocery stores that accept EBT– your local greenhouse or online seed company cannot be authorized to accept SNAP because they do not sell the required categories or allotments of “staple foods.” All the more reason to check out the available varieties at your local farmers’ market this spring! And hey, if you’re interested in helping to spread the word, the SNAP Gardens initiative provides free or low cost promotional materials you can post up at community gardens, farmers’ markets, or grocery stores. Happy planting!

Spring Opening Dates

The snow mounds are receding, green feels less like a myth, and the outdoor seasons for Madison area farmers’ markets will soon begin. Check out the opening dates for local markets that will accept EBT in their 2014 seasons! Visit the Markets With EBT page or the links below for more information about each market and their locations.

 

Saturday, April 19th: Dane County Farmers’ Market, Capitol Square, 7am-1pm

Saturday, April 19th: Westside Community Market, 7am-1pm

Wednesday, April 23rd: Dane County Farmers’ Market, Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, 8:30am-2pm

Tuesday, April 26th: Eastside Farmers’ Market, 4pm-7pm

Sunday, May 4th: Monona Farmers’ Market, 9am-1pm

Sunday, May 4th: Northside Farmers’ Market, 8:30am-12:30pm

Sunday, May 18th: South Madison Farmers’ Markets, Labor Temple, 11am-3pm

Tuesday, June 3rd: South Madison Farmers’ Markets, Labor Temple, 2pm-6pm

Monday, June 9th: South Madison Farmers’ Markets, Rimrock Rd., 2pm-6pm

Wednesday, June 11th: South Madison Farmers’ Markets, Gilbert Rd., 3pm-7pm

Friday, June 20th: South Madison Farmers’ Markets, Villager Mall, 2pm-6pm

New Tool for Markets to Accept SNAP/EBT

The USDA recently announced a new partnership for linking up farmers’ markets that do not currently accept EBT with the technology and some financial support to do so. If you are looking to bring EBT access to a farmers’ market near you, please read below to learn more about the MarketLink program!

“America’s farmers’ markets are a great source of fresh fruits and vegetables and other healthy foods, and at USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), we’ve made it a priority to expand healthy food access through farmers’ markets to those participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). It’s a win-win situation because, for farmers markets, the ability to accept SNAP benefits is a great way to build their customer base, which helps generate more sales and nourish the economy in our rural communities.

As Administrator of USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service, I place a high value on partnerships because, working together, we can achieve more toward shared goals than by working alone. The USDA recently contracted with the National Association of Farmers Market Nutrition Programs (NAFMNP), in an effort to enhance the participation of farmers and farmers markets in SNAP.  And out of that innovative partnership, I am excited to announce MarketLink, a new way for farmers’ markets and direct-marketing farmers to get authorized as SNAP vendors and get the equipment they need to accept SNAP benefits.”

To keep reading, visit: USDA Blog: Expanding SNAP Farmers Market Access through Innovative Partnerships

New Recipe Links Page

Hey Everyone!

Farm Fresh for All is back in business, working to connect FoodShare/SNAP recipients with fresh, affordable food options through area farmers’ markets. We are in the process of updating the site with new markets, resources, and news, and just added a new Recipe Links page. This will guide you to other websites with recipes that utilize fresh fruits and vegetables, are available at local farmers’ markets, talk about seasonality and storage, and everything delicious! If you have additional favorite resources you would like to contribute, or you see options that are missing from the links provided, please feel free to leave suggestions in the “comments” section on the page, or email us your feedback to farmfreshforallwi@gmail.com. Thank you for your support and patience as we update and spread the word!

Winter Farmers’ Markets Accepting EBT!

Just because we have sub-zero temperatures outside doesn’t mean that tough Wisconsin farmers don’t continue to provide you with exceptional foods all winter-long! Here are the Madison area farmers’ markets accepting EBT that continue to operate indoors after the New Year!

DANE COUNTY FARMERS’ MARKET Saturdays: 330 W. Mifflin St. at Madison Senior Center, Jan. 14-April 12, 2014, 8 a.m.-noon; (608) 246-4730 ext. 208, www.dcfm.orghttp://www.cacscw.org/FoodShare-EBT.php

NORTHSIDE FARMERS’ MARKET Sundays: 2817 N. Sherman Ave., Northside Town Center next to Brat & Brau restaurant, Every Other Sunday Jan. 12- Apr. 6 8:30am-12:30pm (608) 695-0946, www.northsidefarmersmarket.org

WINTER FARMERS’ MARKET AND MEALS FOR HOPE Sundays: Varying locations throughout Madison/Dane County area, check their website for locations, Nov. 17, 2013-Mar. 9, 2014 LaurNisc@gmail.com, http://www.cclpmidwest.org/

Check out what these indoor market locations have to offer!

NEW WINTER MARKET!

MADWEST WINTER FARMERS’ MARKET

Saturdays,  Nov. 12-Dec. 17, 8am-11:30am–EBT welcome!

Lussier Community Education Center, 55 South Gammon Rd (next to Memorial High School)

Featuring farm fresh products from:
Jordandal Farms • Primrose Community Farm • GittOrganic • Honey Bee Bakery • Just Coffee • Underground Meats • Pecatonica Valley Farm • Herb’n Oyster • Nordic Creamery • B’s Honey • Emerald Meadows • Edelweiss Creamery • The Summer Kitchen • Stella’s Bakery

25% off at Cress Spring Bakery!

Cress Spring Bakery’s wood-fired, naturally leavened, brick-oven baked breads are now available at 25% off for Dane County Farmers’ Market shoppers paying with FoodShare market dollars!

Be sure to stop at the bakery’s booth on West Mifflin on Saturdays to take home a loaf of their delicious breads–whole wheat, kamut (a favorite of people with wheat allergies), sesame wheat, cranberry walnut, and more–made from organic, locally sourced ingredients.

For more on the efforts of Jeff Ford of Cress Spring Bakery (pictured) to make great local food available to everyone in our community, see this story in the Dane County Farmers’ Market enewsletter: http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs091/1100974214484/archive/1106039794623.html

(And don’t miss the story about Chris and Lori’s Bakehouse food drive.)

Opening Day

The wait is almost over to try out using your EBT benefits at market!

Opening Days are as follow:

Dane County Farmers’ Market: Saturday, April 16th (6am-2pm; EBT available 7am-1pm)

Monona Farmers’ Market: Sunday, May 1st (9am-1pm)

Northside Farmers’ Market: Sunday, May 1st (8:30am-12:30pm)

South Madison Farmers’ Market: Sunday, May 1st (11am-3pm) at Labor Temple