EBT and Market Bucks Initiative- Twin Cities Outreach

For 2014, the WBC coordinated a project to conduct outreach to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients throughout the Twin Cities metro area to encourage EBT use and participation in the Market Bucks incentive program at 30 area farmers markets (there are more than 70 participating markets in the entire state). During 2012 and 2013, the WBC managed similar projects for Minneapolis farmers markets.

The WBC works with and on behalf of the Twin Cities markets that are collaborating with the Minnesota Department of Human Services and the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (Blue Cross) to enable SNAP recipients to stretch their benefits further with a special incentive called “Market Bucks”. The incentive matches EBT card purchases with up to $5 worth of coupons each market day that customers can use to purchase additional SNAP-eligible foods at participating farmers markets. Market Bucks’ goal is to help stretch SNAP recipients dollars that little bit further when they purchase fresh and healthy foods at their neighborhood farmers market. Market Bucks can be used during the same trip or anytime during the 2014 market season. A list of participating markets can be found at z.umn.edu/farmersmarkets or by calling the MN Food Helpline at 1-888-711-1151.

2014 flyer, designed by IMAGEHAUS for the WBC:

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For more information on this project, contact shaina@westbroadway.org or (612) 353-5178.

Market Name 2014 Opening Dates and Hours of Operation
Bloomington Farmers Market Saturdays, June 7 – October 11
8am – 1pm
Minneapolis Municipal Farmers Market May 17 – Nov 2
Thurs-Fri (9am – 12pm) and Sat-Sun (7am – 1pm)
Brooklyn Park Farmers Market Wednesdays, June 18 – October 15
3pm – 7pm
Centennial Lakes Farmers Market Thursdays, June 12 – Sept 25, 2014 from 3pm – 7pm
Maple Grove Farmers Market Thursdays, June 12 – October 23
3pm – 7pm
Minnetonka Farmers’ Market Tuesdays, July 1 – September 30
3 – 7 p.m.
Midtown Farmers Market Saturdays, May – October from
8am – 1pm
Tuesdays, June – October
3pm – 7pm
Market on the Bluff Thursdays, May 29 – Nov 1, 2014 from 4pm – to 8pm
Highland Park Farmers Market Saturdays, June 7 – Sept 27
8am – 12pm
Kingfield Farmers Market Sundays, May 18 – Oct 26
8:30am – 1pm
Fulton Farmers Market Saturdays, May 17 – Oct 25th, 2014 fom 8:30am – 1pm
Stevens Square Farmers Market Wednesdays, July 3 – Oct 9, 2014 from 2pm – 6:30 pm
Ebenezer Park Market Thursdays, July 11 – September 12
2pm – 3:30pm
Mill City Farmers Market Saturdays, May 10 – Sept 27th
8am – 1pm
Northeast Minneapolis Farmers Market Saturdays, May 31 – Oct 25 from 9am – 1pm
Audubon Farmers Market Thursdays starting June 25
4pm – 7pm
Veterans Memorial Park Farmers Market Saturdays, May 17 – Oct 25
7am – 12pm
Lyndale Avenue Farmers Market Saturdays, May 17-October 25
7am – 12pm
Downtown St. Paul Farmers’ Market Saturdays, 6am – 1pm
Sundays, 8am – 1pm
Roseville Farmers Market Tuesdays, May 6 – October 28
8am – 12pm
Andover Farmers Market Tuesdays, May 6 – October 28
2pm – 6pm
Aldrich Arena Farmers Market Wednesdays, June 6 – Oct 31
8am – 12pm
South St. Paul Farmers Market Wednesdays, July 2 – September 24, 3pm – 6:30pm
Burnsville Mary Mother of the Church Thursdays, May 8 – October 30, 2014 from 12pm – 5pm
Signal Hills Farmers Market (West Saint Paul Market) Fridays, June 13 – Oct 31
8am – 12pm
Burnsville Senior Campus Saturdays, June 14 – Oct 25
8am – 1pm
West Broadway Farmers Market Fridays, June 20 – Oct 17
3pm – 7pm
Camden Farmers Market Thursdays, July 11 – October 3
3pm – 7pm
McKinley Farmers Market Saturdays, June 8 – Sept 28
9am – 1pm
Westside Farmers Market Saturdays, May 31 – Sept 28
9am – 12pm