Fresh Access services are available in Allegheny County at 20 farmers markets and farm stands during the May-November farmers market season, and at one market from December through March.
Our Fresh Access program enables shoppers to use their food stamps – as well as credit and debit cards – to buy fresh, nutritious, and locally-grown food. And Food Bucks give Fresh Access food stamp shoppers an extra $2.00 to spend on fruits and veggies for every $5.00 they spend in food stamps.
At Just Harvest’s red market tent or at the market manager’s tent (just look for Fresh Access signs!), shoppers can swipe their electronic benefits transfer (EBT) cards or their credit or debit cards and receive tokens they can use just like cash to purchase a variety of fresh produce, baked goods, meat and dairy products. Tokens are accepted by dozens of vendors and the list is always growing.
Farmers markets have long been a popular source of healthy food. Generally open half the year, from May to Thanksgiving, local farmers markets attract thousands of shoppers to locations around the city.
Just Harvest, along with Pittsburgh Citiparks and participating local farmers, launched Fresh Access in May 2013 at the East Liberty and North Side farmers markets. The program is now in its eighth year and operates at a total of 20 locations in Allegheny County.
Fresh Access helps address hunger by expanding access to fresh, healthy food. The program also helps support our region’s small farms and the Pittsburgh area communities that host farmers markets.
We hope to see you at a Fresh Access market soon!
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More Info on Local Farmers Markets
A list of all area farmers markets and farm stands that accept EBT/food stamps
A day-by-day guide to 2019 Pittsburgh-area farmers markets
A map and list of Pittsburgh area nonprofit farmers markets
Eligible WIC recipients receive FMNP vouchers with their WIC checks in the spring.
Major support for Fresh Access in 2020 is generously provided by: