Boulder County Farmers Markets
It’s no secret that food at the farmer’s market can be expensive. We believe that foods that support our local environment, the people who grow them, and our health are worth it.
But we also know that everyone deserves access to this food, even if financial barriers can make it difficult to pay the full price.
We are proud to have multiple payment methods and programs in our markets that make our farmers’ products more financially accessible to everyone. Our SNAP and Double Up Food Bucks initiatives do just that.
SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, is a federal program designed to provide food purchase assistance. These SNAP perks can be redeemed at many grocery and convenience stores and at the Farmer’s Market.
And we may be biased, but we think spending those perks on a market built around local food and community provides the best value and the best experience.
Through our food access programs, we are proud to serve 15,000 people using WIC (women, infants and children) and SNAP at markets and through our WIC community-supported agricultural delivery each week.
One of our dear market customers offered to share a bit of her experience shopping at our market, both online and on the street, and how she benefits from having access to fresh local produce. We are delighted to share his words with you and hope to continue to make our marketplace accessible to everyone:
“I believe that our health is our true wealth. BCFM offers great value and benefits for everyone. I’ve lived in Boulder since the late 70’s and have always loved the Farmer’s Market as it reminds me of European open markets.
“The two ways I use my SNAP/EBT card benefits for maximum value at BCFM are:
“First, by ordering on their website on Sunday morning at 8:00 a.m. for a drive-up in Boulder on Wednesday (4:30-6:30 p.m.), which is conveniently located near the Boulder Farmer’s Market.
“This brings me to the second value of EBT (electronic benefit transfer) card benefits: I can go to the BCFM information booth at the Boulder Farmers Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays and have $20 taken from the balance of my EBT card for $40 worth of coupons – half are SNAP coupons (used for all food except alcohol and ready meals) and the other half are Double Up Food Buck coupons (used for buying fruit and fresh vegetables).
“Then I go shopping at the market, where each vendor has posted the coupons they will accept. Due to the multiple opportunities to use these benefits on Wednesdays and Saturdays, I only buy what I will use on the days following, and I have no waste. Win-win.
“All the vendors are wonderful and they understand what it takes to work the land. It’s humbling and so rewarding. I have always enjoyed preparing wholesome, wholesome meals for myself and others. Putting love into the land and every fresh ingredient helps everyone and everything thrive. When the land is respected and cared for, it pays off tenfold.
“I went to BCFM last week and had a wonderful conversation with Kyle Monroe (of Monroe Organic Farms), and he touched my heart with his love of farming, taking the reins from his dad and continuing to practice respect for the Earth and trust that all is working for the highest good. He has a deep respect for his heritage. It gives me great hope that we will continue to make this world a better place for everyone.
“Stay strong and don’t forget to eat your fresh, local vegetables!”
There are always bilingual staff at our information booth to guide people through the different payment methods in our markets. Our salespeople are all trained on the different types of currencies they can accept. Ultimately, from farmers to bakers to ranchers, our community is focused on delivering the best local foods to as many people as possible.
Vendors, staff and customers are all an essential part of our local food ecosystem. The feeling of mutual appreciation and abundance is palpable.
It’s too good to be true? Just visit us in Longmont, Boulder or online (bcfm.org) to see for yourself.