Double Dollars 2015 Kicks Off Sunday!

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The Double Dollars Program is back, earlier than ever! First Monona and Northside Farmers’ Markets on Sunday July 5, Eastside Farmers’ Market on Tuesday July 7, and Westside Community Market on Saturday July 11! Match your Foodshare/EBT withdrawals up to $25 per day when you shop at these participating farmers’ markets:

EASTSIDE FARMERS’ MARKET
Tuesdays: 4-7pm
Apr. 21-Oct. 13, 2015
953 Jenifer St., Wil-Mar Community Center parking lot
EBT redeemed inside Wil-Mar Center at Front Desk
Tuesday Indoor Markets:
4-7pm: mid-Oct.- Dec. 15, 2015
Wil-Mar Community Center
Contact: 
Eastside Farmers’ Market
Market Manager: 608.257.4576

MONONA FARMERS’ MARKET
Sundays:
9am-1pm
May 4-Oct. 26, 2014
Ahuska Park (East Broadway between Monona Dr. and Stoughton Rd.)
EBT available at central Information Booth
Contact: 
Monona Farmers’ Market
Market Manager: 608.960.3788

NORTHSIDE FARMERS’ MARKET
Sundays:  8:30am-12:30pm
May 3-Oct. 18, 2015
2817 N. Sherman Ave., parking lot in front of Pierce’s Northside Market
EBT Available at central Information Tent
Sunday Winter Markets:
Every Sunday Nov.- Dec. 10:00am-1:00pm
Every Other Sunday Jan.- Apr. 10:00am-1:00pm
Contact:  
Northside Farmers’ Market
Market Manager: 608.695.0946 or 920.915.2706

WESTSIDE COMMUNITY MARKET
Saturdays:  
7am-1pm
Apr. 18-Nov. 7, 2015
(no Wednesday market)
Hill Farms DoT parking lot, corner of Segoe Road and Sheboygan Avenue
Contact: 
Westside Community Market
Market Manager: 608.628.8879

EBT and Double Dollars vouchers can be used to purchase all SNAP-eligible foods (fresh produce, bakery, meat/eggs, dairy, edible plants, and more!) For details and updates, visit the Double Dollars page of the City of Madison’s website or contact Nahrissa Rush at the Community Action Coalition: nahrissar@cacscw.org or (608) 246-4730 ext. 208.

Graze Restaurant Hosts “FoodShare at DCFM” Benefit Dinner

Graze Restaurant Graze Restaurant and Rush River Brewing Company partnered to host a Beer Dinner on Sunday, June 22. About 80 people attended this $50 per person dinner and proceeds from the meal will benefit the FoodShare Program at the Dane County Farmers’ Market. Thank you, Graze staff, for working to help sustain programming that promotes local foods access and affordable, fresh options!

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

Partner Shares Program Accepting Applications for Subsidized CSA Shares!

The Partner Shares program of the FairShare CSA Coalition offers financial assistance to low-income households to purchase Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) vegetable shares. CSA provides the customer with weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly boxes of the freshest local produce available, directly from your CSA farmer. SNAP/FoodShare benefits can be used to purchase CSA shares. Applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis until April 14th. Check out their website for more information or to apply!

FairShare CSA Coaltion Partner Shares Program

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

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