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by Lindsey Sexton - May 3, 2021
Spring harvest is in full swing and now is the time to visit your local farmers market.
Bright, delicate berries are ripe for the picking. Hearty potatoes, greens, carrots,
and onions are also coming into season and just waiting to be picked up at your local
Many farmers markets participate in the Double Up Food Bucks program where you get
twice as much produce for every SNAP dollar you spend. This is an excellent time to
support Arkansas farmers while saving money and buying delicious local produce!
There are a few different resources for finding a farmers market near you. If you'd
like to find markets around the state, you may want to check out Arkansas MarketMaker or USDA’s National Farmers Market Directory.
If you’d like to talk to someone to find a market nearby, you can reach out to your
local county Extension office for more information on farmers markets in your area.
Currently, over 20 farmers markets and grocery stores across Arkansas offer customers
the opportunity to double up their food bucks. When buying at a DUFBs location, SNAP
recipients receive a one-to-one dollar match to purchase locally grown produce. In
addition, they will receive free nutrition and cooking education. Also, using DUFBs
increases farmers' sales and creates sustainability by supporting local agriculture.
The program runs from May 1st until October 31st. Participating locations for 2021
can be found on the Arkansas Coalition for Obesity Prevention website.
When farmers are able to pick and sell at the peak of freshness, hungry families get
to enjoy high quality produce at a lower cost. And that’s a big deal to local farmers
and families. Buying local not only tastes better it is typically more nutritious
and cheaper than buying produce that has been transported over long distances. This
cuts down on packaging and transportation costs to the consumer and the environment.
Fun fact: No apostrophe is necessary in "farmers" because the phrase is a descriptive phrase, rather than a possessive phrase.
However you spell it, I hope you visit your local farmers market soon!