If you're a SNAP recipient, did you know that you can use your card at market? We have been so busy with EBT tokens that we had to order more!
[Market is every Saturday, rain or shine. Hours are 9am to 1pm. Masks and distancing are recommended regardless of vaccination status.]
Here's how it works: stop by the info tent at market tomorrow and our market manager will walk you through the process. We will swipe your card with the amount that you would like to use. You'll receive the money in these $1 wooden tokens, PLUS a $2 Fresh Connect coupon for every $5 you take out.
So if you ask for $60 through EBT, you will receive an additional $24.
You can spend these tokens and coupons with most of our vendors (just not alcohol or prepared foods).
Want to stock up on strawberries? You got it! Want to grab arms-worth of frozenmeat? That works! Want to plant some lettuce and herbs in your garden? SNAP says YES!
We love how this program helps both our customers and our vendors. Any questions just stop by the info tent tomorrow in the lower lot at the market. Our market manager, Brandon is happy to help answer any questions you might have and to get you familiar with the process.
If you would like additional information about SNAP and EBT you can find it here (how to apply) and here (what is eligible) and here (story about $200m influx to SNAP in NYS for June).
This week you can find the start of garlic scape season--- albeit brief, here is a great recipe for scape pesto that you could make and freeze for later in the season.
We'll have fresh flowers, fresh bread, fresh cheese, fresh greens, fresh spirits, fresh fish, fresh eggs... catch the theme? Everything brought to market is harvested or created within a few days of Saturday. We can't emphasize enough that THIS is what makes purchasing from the farmers' market such a unique and needed experience.
We have three guest vendors this weekend: WhisperingWillowHomestead with all-natural essential oil-based soaps and sanitizers, FortGreeneWellness with soy wax-based candles, and ClairRabbe with handblownglass.
And Eugene Tyler Band will be performing in the upper lot! With a classic bluegrass sound, ETB are one of our favorite returning groups. Have we mentioned how thrilled we are that MUSIC is back at market? It changes the entire experience. ETB has a new single, Useless Old Names, out now. You can find them here and on Spotify.
Here is a PDF of the federal, state, and city guidelines that we are following for COVID. Since we have so many of the same readers each week, we are going to forgo the usual POLICY and PROTOCOL sections to give you more content. Feel free to download it and review.
Here is a counter clockwise list of our vendors in each lot:
UPPER LOT Samascott Orchards: fruit, vegetables, cider, doughnuts Northern Star Farm: lamb, eggs, sheep skins Ardith Mae Farm: variety of soft and hard goat cheese Martin Farm: meat (pork, beef, chicken), eggs, vegetables, jams Blue Star Farm: vegetables, herbs, tomato sauce