Farmer's Market Programs

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 Location

209 Houghton Road
Weymouth, MA 02190

Hours of Operation

Sundays, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
June 3, 2018 - October 14, 2018

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To become a vendor or to request a Do-Gooder table at the Union Point Farmers' Market, please contact Lola Grace Events.

Earn more SNAP dollars using our market programs! Learn how here.

 
Wooden Tokens

market bucksA farmers market is a great place to buy fresh, local, healthy food. It's also a great opportunity to support farms and small businesses. To make it easier for residents to shop fresh and local, the Town of Weymouth has partnered with the Weymouth Food Pantry to increase the capacity of market shoppers to use non-cash payments.

At the Union Point Farmers' Market, shoppers can swipe an EBT card or debit card at our Market Bucks tent in exchange for wooden tokens. These tokens act like currency at the market for purchases from participating vendors. Tokens never expire, so shoppers can keep what they don't use for later.

SNAP and Weymouth Food Pantry shoppers receive double their dollars back in wooden tokens, up to an additional $20 a day, through our local Farm to Family ProgramLearn how to double your dollars here. It's as easy 1, 2, 3... swipe, double shop!

In 2017, shoppers at the Union Point Farmers' Market spent $10,855 in wooden tokens - up $3,377.50 or 45 percent from 2016. This money went directly into the hands of farmers and small businesses, helping to support the local economy. In addition, for every $1.00 in wooden tokens spent, $0.59 cents was used to purchase farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, supporting a healthier Weymouth. 

About Us

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We are a programmatic partner of the Union Point Farmers' Market in South Weymouth. Our programs are coordinated by the Town of Weymouth and Weymouth Food Pantry and funded in partnership with Mass in Motion, an initiative of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. To learn more about our programs, follow the links below or follow us on Facebook. Our mission is to cultivate community engagement by creating a place where residents, farmers, and producers connect for a happier, healthier Weymouth.  

Why shop fresh and local?
When you shop fresh and local, you...
 
Preserve Farmland 

There are 3.5 times as many U.S. farmers over the age of 65 as there are under 35. Farmers markets provide one of the only low-barrier entry points for new farmers. 50 percent of farmers selling at markets derive at least half their revenue from market sales.

Stimulate Local Economies

Growers selling locally create 13 full-time jobs per $1 million in revenue earned. Those not selling locally create only three. Locally-owned retailers, such as farmers markets, return more than three times as much of their sales to the local economy compared to chain competitors.

Increase Access to Nutritious Food

Markets bring fresh food to neighborhoods that need it most. $20.2 million in SNAP benefits were spent at farmers markets in 2016. 60 percent of farmers market shoppers in low-income neighborhoods say that their market had better prices than the grocery store.  

Promote Sustainability

Locally or regionally sourced produce travels about 27 times less distance than conventionally sourced produce. 81 percent of farmers selling at farmers markets incorporate cover crops, reduced tillage, on-site composting, and other soil health practices into their operations. 

Support Healthy Communities

People who shop at farmers markets have 15-20 social interactions per visit. Those who shop at grocery stores experience just 1-2. Proximity to farmers markets is associated with lower body mass index (BMI). 

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