From Albermarle to Zebulon: North Carolina Farmers Markets Accept SNAP Benefits.

by | Aug 8, 2017 | #feedingchange, #feedinghealth | 0 comments

Freshly picked, in-season produce is at its peak in flavor and nutrition and that is one of the many reasons why North Carolinians shop at farmers’ markets in our state.

To find in-season produce click here.

North Carolina farmers’ markets are not only a great source of fresh fruits, vegetables, and other healthy food, they are also a wonderful way to support local farmers and the local economy.

Produce being sold at the Grove Street Market in Greensboro.

Through recent efforts both locally and nationally, more and more farmers’ markets are accepting SNAP benefits (also known as food stamps), increasing food insecure families’ access to nutritious foods while creating increased revenue for local farmers.

In fact, 1 in 8 farmer’s markets nationally now accept SNAP benefits, as local vendors find it to be an important way to increase their sales and even stabilize their markets. Learn more about how SNAP dollars help support the North Carolina economy here.

Individuals facing food insecurity are at a greater risk of diet-related illnesses, such as heart disease, obesity and diabetes. This is true for a variety of reasons, including a lack of access to fresh, nutritious foods because they live in a food desert or because of the prohibitive cost of fresh and healthy foods.

“Farmer’s markets are an important piece of the food system because they allow EBT recipients to access fresh, wholesome foods at an affordable price and in locales that are convenient to them and their families,” says Sonsera Kiger, Second Harvest Food Bank’s Food and Nutrition Services Outreach Coordinator.

“Furthermore, many farmers’ markets are reaching out explicitly to under-served neighborhoods and food deserts, mitigating transportation barriers and often providing a match to make EBT dollars go even further!”

Ready to pick up the perfect slicing tomato? Click here are the local farmer’s markets in North Carolina that are currently accepting SNAP benefits from Albermarle to Zebulon.

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