Farmers markets are good for our communities. They not only bring fresh, nutritious, and sustainably-grown food to our tables at affordable prices, but they also support local farmers and the local economy. From May to late November, the region's 80+ farmers markets and farm stands are the place to shop.
The fresh produce and groceries available from our farmers markets should be available to everyone. Just Harvest has been working with local officials, farmers groups, and neighborhood groups to expand the reach of farmers' markets into low-income neighborhoods. For a complete list of the region's farmers' markets, check out the Post-Gazette's interactive map and listing
Access, however, also means being able to buy the produce that is available. We have been working to make it possible to purchase farmers market produce with government benefits. Under Just Harvest's Fresh Access program, two Pittsburgh CitiParks Farmers Markets began accepting food stamps in May 2013. We will be working to expand the program to other CitiParks farmers markets in the coming months. Please see our list of all area farmers markets and farm stands that accept EBT/food stamps as well as WIC and Senior Farmer Market Nutrition Program vouchers.
Currently WIC and Seniors' Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) Vouchers are accepted by most vendors at markets. These checks may only be used to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables grown or growable in Pennsylvania. Farmers cannot give change if you do not spend the entire $5 value of each voucher.
If you want to learn more about the regional farmers markets check out:
Seniors can contact the Area Agency on Aging at 412-350-5460 or your local Senior Center about receiving FMNP vouchers. Eligible WIC recipients receive FMNP vouchers with their WIC checks in the spring.
Contact Emily Schmidlapp if you have questions or would like to learn more about Just Harvest's Farmers Market Advocacy program.
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