The summer market is in full swing, farmers tents bursting with freshly harvested greens and pints of ripe berries, musicians offering their talents to the bustling social hub, and neighbors greeting each other with warm smiles and open arms. One question that arises amidst all the abundance is where to purchase spinach, when there are so many options! Another question might be how to utilize EBT benefits and Farm to Family Coupons at the market, and the differences between these programs.
Throughout the summer, the Vermont Department of Health's WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) Program will be at the Rutland Downtown Farmer's Market. In addition to offering Farm to Family Coupons to eligible individuals, a representative will be present to provide nutrition education, and have some useful resources like recipe cards for fruits and vegetables available right at the market. WIC families automatically qualify to receive Farm to Family coupons if they have at least one active participant on the WIC program. Check out the summer schedule of markets at which WIC will be present, including the following Rutland dates:
- Saturday July 9th, Depot Park
- Wednesday July 13th, Depot Park
- Wednesday July 27th, Depot Park
In addition to Farm to Family Coupons, there are several ways to utilize EBT (3SquaresVT) at the farmers market. You can always use your EBT card to receive tokens for purchasing fruits and vegetables, seeds and starts, meats, bread, dairy products, and beverages. By using your 3Squares benefits at the market, you will automatically qualify for Cash Crop, a matching program wherein you'll receive a $1 coupon to purchase fruits and veggies for every $1 of EBT (matching is up to $10). The charts at right summarize these benefits, and outline all the details.
Check out the following resources to learn more about each of these programs and how to sign up.
See you at the market!