The Weymouth Farmer's Market is a great place to buy fresh, local, and healthy food. To make this food more affordable, we've partnered with the Weymouth Food Pantry to increase our capacity to accept food stamps, now known as SNAP benefits.
In 2015, the Farmer's Market helped low-income households purchase $2,165 in fresh food and food products. Approximately 50 percent of this food was purchased using “match” dollars generously funded by the Weymouth Food Pantry.
Doubling SNAP Benefits
The Weymouth Food Pantry doubles SNAP benefits up to $20 a day for use at the Farmer’s Market. SNAP customers redeem their benefits by swiping their EBT card at the Market Manager’s table in exchange for Market Bucks, or wooden tokens worth $2.50 of SNAP benefits. Shoppers who use EBT cards will receive tokens equal to twice the value of the money withdrawn from their cards (up to an additional $20). For example, when a SNAP customer swipes his/her EBT card for $10, he/she receives $20 in tokens to buy fresh food or food-producing plants from participating vendors. Tokens never expire, so SNAP customers can keep what they do not use for more shopping later.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a federal program that supports people in need with a monthly allowance to buy food and food products. Participants receive an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card to buy food as if they were using a debit card.
WIC & Senior FMNP Coupons
The Farmer’s Market will participate in the 2016 Massachusetts Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP). This means that customers can use WIC FMNP Coupons and Senior FMNP Coupons at certified farm stands to buy fresh local produce.
Please note that each farmer is responsible for requesting certification (or recertification) under the program through the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources. While our Farmer’s Market encourages all farm stands to participate in the program, we cannot require them to do so.