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Maine Harvest Bucks: Good public policy.

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Fresh fruits and vegetables matter. Research has shown that with many diseases, including cancer, obesity, hypertension, diabetes, and heart and lung disease, the consumption of fruits and vegetables play a large role as preventative medicine. While treatment for diabetes is a tough pill to swallow (often involving many, many pills), the way to prevent the […]

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WIC Farmers’ Market Program Season Ending

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In Maine, the WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program ends on October 31st. This summer program is designed to help families receiving Women, Infants, and Children food supplement benefits get fresh, local fruits and vegetables during peak season. Families in the WIC program receive $5 vouchers, which can only be redeemed directly from farmers at farmers’ […]

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Maine Harvest Bucks wraps up at Summer Markets

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When you see Maine Harvest Bucks (MHB) at farmers’ markets, consider how this program is the product of an organized effort among farmers, vendors, volunteers and community partners at each of the 31 farmers’ markets across the state.  Because of their work, eating local is more accessible, easy and affordable for low-income Mainers receiving SNAP/EBT.  […]

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Food Sovereignty Update

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The new food sovereignty law is set to take effect November 1st. The Legislature needs to amend the law or the USDA will no longer allow state-inspected meat processing facilities to operate. (The state has to certify that those facilities meet federal safety guidelines, and the new law, as written, means the state can no […]

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WIC Shoppers – Share Your Feedback!

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We are working on a project to improve the WIC farmers’ market check program (formally called WIC FMNP). If your family shops with WIC, we want to hear from you! One way to help is by taking a quick survey: CLICK HERE. It would be even MORE helpful to sign up for a 30 minute […]

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Using WIC checks at farmers’ markets

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It’s easy to use WIC checks at the farmers’ market! Most markets have an “info booth” where shoppers can use their credit, debit, and SNAP/EBT cards. The staff at the info booth can help newcomers get oriented to the market, and should know which farmers accept WIC checks. Or, you can simply look around the […]

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Snapshot Week Photo Contest

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Maine Farmers’ Market Snapshot Week is August 6012! Join the fun by submitting pics to our photo contest. Just pose with a tattoo from any participating market, or find other ways to express your passion for farmers’ markets! Then tag your pics #lovemainemarkets #MEsnapshotweek on social media, or email them to Snapshot@mffm.org. Contest deadline is August 31st.

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