farmers markets are for everyone
We believe everyone should have access to fresh, healthy, nutritious food, so we work with vendors and social service providers to offer a variety of payment options. See each option below for a brief description.
The Fresh Bucks incentive program provides a fresh fruit and vegetable bonus match (for a minimum of $10 of EBT/SNAP benefits redeemed) at the market.
How it works: When you swipe your EBT (SNAP) card at the farmers market information booth, you will be given an match in Fresh Bucks for the amount of EBT you redeem at the market. Learn more here.
WIC & Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) Coupons
The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) is a grant program provided by the USDA to help agencies promote the nutrition of low-income seniors with coupons exchangeable for produce and other eligible foods. This program works for direct sales of producer to consumer.
To be eligible for senior FMN, you must be 60 or older and have an annual income below 185% of the Federal Poverty Level. You can use your Senior FMNP coupons at the market to buy fresh fruits and vegetables. (No change is given.) Applications are available each spring from the Seattle/King County Office of Aging and Disability Services and are due by May 15. For more information, please call Senior Information and Services at 206-448-3110 or click here.
WIC FMNP checks are specifically for purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables at Farmers Markets. You can use your WIC FMNP checks at the market to buy fresh fruits and vegetables (note that no cash change is given - you have to spend the entire amount of the check).
Look for farm booths with the posted WIC signage. For more information about WIC FMNP, please call 1-800-841-1410 or click here.
WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Programs are sponsored by the US Dept of Agriculture; the WA State Dept of Health, Community Wellness and Prevention; and the WA State Dept of Social and Health Services, Aging and Disability Services Administration.