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July 3rd, 2014

MDFMA Sponsors Federal Nutrition Incentive Programs in Montgomery County

by Maryland Farmers Market Association

This year the Maryland Farmers Market Association (MDFMA) is proud to sponsor 4 farmers market in Montgomery County, thanks to the generous support of the Montgomery County Council, by assisting with the administration of federal nutrition incentive programs at market.

Crossroads Farmers Market in Montgomery County was the first market in the country to offer a federal nutrition incentive program, so Montgomery County has a strong track record of supporting these programs. Three of the farmers markets partnering with MDFMA this year (Rockville, FRESHFARM Silver Spring, and Crossroads) have committed funding to their respective markets for incentive dollars to bolster their redemption of federal nutrition benefits.

Federal nutrition incentives are available to customers who spend their SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), WIC-FVC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for Women, Infants, and Children-Fruit and Vegetable Checks), or FMNP-Senior/WIC (Farmers Market Nutrition Assistance Program-Senior/WIC) benefits at market.

Federal nutrition incentive programs in Montgomery County vary, as noted below. Be sure to check with your local market to see what type of incentives are available!

Crossroads Farmers Market-Takoma Park, MD 20912
Anne Street (Between University Blvd. & Hammond Ave.), Across from Rite Aid
Wednesdays: 11AM-3PM
4 June through 19 November
*Fresh Checks offered to SNAP, WIC-FVC, and FMNP customers*

Takoma Park Farmers Market-Takoma Park, MD 20913
Laurel Avenue, Historic Old Tacoma
Sundays: 10AM-2PM
Year round!
*SNAP incentives offered as funding is available, dollar for dollar match up to $5*

Rockville Farmers Market-Rockville, MD 20850
Rockville Town Center, Corner of Route 28 and Monroe Street
Saturdays: 9AM-1PM
10 May through 22 November
*Maryland Market Money incentives offered for SNAP, WIC, and FMNP, dollar for dollar match up to $10*

FRESHFARM Downtown Silver Spring Farmers Market-Silver Spring, MD 20910
Ellsworth Drive between Fenton Street and Georgia Avenue
Saturdays: 9AM-1PM (April-December)
10AM-1PM (January-March)
Year round!
*SNAP, WIC, and FMNP incentives offered, dollar for dollar match up to $20*

The MDFMA is working with 18 farmers markets in 4 jurisdictions across the state to bring federal nutrition incentive dollars to low income customers at market.

For a list of participating Baltimore City markets, click here. Be sure to check back on our blog frequently to learn more about our efforts to put more fresh, locally grown food in the hands and bellies of all Marylanders!

About the Author Maryland Farmers Market Association