2014 Farmers’ Market
May 3 – Nov 1
Wednesdays & Saturdays 9 am - 3 pm
“The Mission of the Lapeer Farmers’ Market is to connect the local community with the freshest, healthiest locally grown produce the area has to offer”.
The Lapeer Farmers’ Market is celebrating its 25th year, and is looking forward to another great season serving our local community. We have most of our great vendors returning, along with some new ones this season. Very important to our community is that this will be our sixth season accepting SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), or commonly known in Michigan as the Bridge Card. Most people know that grocery stores and convenience stores are able to accept the Bridge Card for food purchases. What many people don’t realize is that farmers markets can also accept SNAP benefits as a form of payment for foods purchased at the market. With the market being able to accept SNAP benefits, we are providing our community a place to purchase healthy, locally produced foods for their families. It also gives them the opportunity to meet and talk with the farmers, and other vendors, that produce the food. Besides eligible foods, customers can also purchase plants that produce food, vegetable and herb plants, and seeds with their SNAP benefits.
Very exciting for our market and the community is that the market received a Double Up Food Bucks grant again this year. This will be the third season for DUFB at our market. DUFB is a statewide project providing incentives to encourage healthier food choices for SNAP recipients, directly benefitting low-income families and local farmers in Michigan and working to impact future food and nutrition policy. Fair Food Network’s DUFB is funded by nearly 40 private and community foundations and corporations, which has allowed DUFB to grow from a small pilot project in 2009 to a full-fledged statewide program.
How it works is: When our customers use their SNAP benefits at the Lapeer Farmers’ Market they receive an equal amount of DUFB tokens, up to $20.00 a day, to purchase fresh Michigan-grown fruits and vegetables. We are able to double their purchasing power, which is something that can’t happen at the local grocery store. Last year alone, we provided our local community with over $17,000.00 in free healthy produce. This year DUFB will be starting statewide July 1st, but customers will be able to use their SNAP benefits as soon as the market opens May 1st. The market also accepts Project Fresh benefits (WIC & Senior), debit and credit cards.
Be sure and check out our “Market News” page. We have some exciting new things happening at the market this season!
See you at the market! Denise Becker/Market Manager
The Lapeer Farmers' Market is a proud to
be a charter member of the
Michigan Farmers' Market Association