Boulder County Farmers Markets
It’s no secret that meals on the farmers market will be costly. We imagine meals that helps our native setting, the individuals who develop it and our well being is effectively value it.
However we additionally know that everybody deserves entry to this meals, even when monetary obstacles may make it troublesome to pay full worth.
We’re proud to have a number of strategies of fee and packages at our markets that make our farmers’ items extra financially accessible to everybody. Our SNAP and Double Up Meals Bucks initiatives just do that.
SNAP, the Supplemental Diet Help Program, is a federal program designed to supply meals buying help. These SNAP advantages will be redeemed at many grocery shops and comfort shops and on the farmers market.
And we could also be biased, however we expect spending these advantages at a market constructed round native meals and group offers the perfect worth and expertise.
Via our Meals Entry packages, we’re proud to serve 15,000 folks utilizing WIC (Ladies, Infants and Kids) and SNAP at markets and thru our WIC community-supported agriculture supply each week.
One among our beloved market prospects supplied to share a bit about her expertise procuring at our market, each on-line and on avenue, and the way she advantages from entry to contemporary native produce. We’re excited to share her phrases with you and hope to proceed guaranteeing our market is accessible for everybody:
“I imagine our well being is our true wealth. BCFM presents nice worth and advantages for everybody. I’ve lived in Boulder because the late ’70s and have at all times cherished the farmers market, as a result of it jogs my memory of European open markets.
“The 2 ways in which I take advantage of my SNAP/EBT card advantages for max worth on the BCFM are:
“First, by ordering on their web site Sunday morning 8 a.m. for a drive-up pickup in Boulder on Wednesday (4:30 to six:30 p.m.), which is conveniently positioned close to the farmers market in Boulder.
“This brings me to the second EBT (digital profit switch) card profit worth: I can head over to the BCFM information sales space on the Boulder Farmers Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays and have $20 taken from my EBT card steadiness for $40 value of coupons — half are SNAP coupons (used for all meals besides alcohol and ready meals) and half Double Up Meals Buck coupons (used for the acquisition of contemporary vegatables and fruits).
“Then I’m going procuring on the market, the place every vendor has displayed which coupons they are going to settle for. Due to the a number of alternatives to make use of these advantages on Wednesdays and Saturdays, I solely purchase what I’ll use for the following few days, and have zero waste. Win-win.
“All of the distributors are fantastic, and so they perceive what it takes to work the land. It’s humbling and so rewarding. I’ve at all times loved making wholesome, healthful meals for myself and others. Placing love into the land and every contemporary ingredient helps everybody and all the things to thrive. When the land is revered and cared for, it yields tenfold.
“I walked all the way down to BCFM final week and had an exquisite dialog with Kyle Monroe (of Monroe Natural Farms), and he touched my coronary heart together with his love of farming, taking up the reins from his father, and persevering with to follow respect for the Earth and belief that every one is figuring out for the larger good. He has deep respect for his heritage. It offers me nice hope that we are going to proceed to make this a greater world for all.
“Keep sturdy and bear in mind to eat your contemporary, native greens!”
There are at all times bilingual employees at our information sales space to information of us via the completely different fee strategies at our markets. Our distributors are all educated on the various kinds of foreign money that they will settle for. On the finish of the day — from farmers to bakers to ranchers — our group is targeted on getting the perfect native meals distributed to as many individuals as doable.
Distributors, employees and prospects are all an important a part of our native meals ecosystem. The sensation of mutual appreciation and abundance is palpable.
Sound too good to be true? You’ll simply have to go to us in Longmont, Boulder, or on-line (bcfm.org) to see for your self.