The Farmers' Market Welcomes Food Stamp Shoppers!
We are pleased to announce that the Bloomington Parks Foundation has received additional funding to continue to offer the Double Market Bucks program in 2014.
How to Double Your Food Stamps at Market
- During Saturday Market hours, go inside City Hall to the counter where you see the "Use Your SNAP (food stamp) Card Here" sign. During Tuesday Market, go to the Market information table.
- Use your food stamp card to purchase as many Market Bucks as you like. Market Bucks are available in $3 increments, and can be used like cash to buy farm products from market vendors.
- Beginning in 2013, as long as funding is available, you can double the value of your SNAP (food stamp) purchase. For every $3 in SNAP (food stamp) benefits you exchange, we will give you $6 in Market Bucks!
- Draw up to $18 in SNAP (food stamp) benefits, and receive up to $36 in Market Bucks to buy fresh-from-the-farm, healthy, locally grown farm products at the Farmers' Market.
What to do with Leftover Market Bucks
Keep your unused Market Bucks to spend the next time you shop at either the Saturday or Tuesday Bloomington Community Farmers' Market. Market Bucks expire at the end of the calendar year in which they are purchased.
What you can buy at Market when you exchange food stamps for Market Bucks:
- fruits and vegetables
- breads and cereals
- meat and poultry
- dairy products
- jams and sauces
- maple syrup and honey products
- seeds and plants that grow food
- baked goods that are wrapped, labeled, and intended for home consumption
Stretch Your Food Stamp Dollars!
- Buy in bulk at a discount and preserve by freezing, canning, or drying
- Buy when products are at the height of their season
- Buy seeds and starts and grow your own food
- Buy "seconds" when you don't need perfect-looking food-e.g. tomatoes for sauce
How to get to the Farmers' Market
- Bus Route 2 West stops by Market every 30 minutes on Saturdays and Tuesdays. Call (812) 336-7233 or visit bloomingtontransit.com
- On-street parking is available around the Market in metered spaces for $1 per hour, and in the Morton Street Garage at Seventh and Morton Streets (entrance is on Morton Street) for 50 cents per hour. Parking rules are enforced on Saturdays.
- Take the B-Line Trail to the Market Plaza next to Showers Common for Saturday Market, or to Sixth Street for the Tuesday Market.