Maine Farmers’ Market Snapshot Week is our annual celebration of farmers’ markets in Maine. This event coincides with National Farmers’ Market Week, falling on August 4-10, 2019. Photo Competition This year’s Snapshot Week features a photo competition for shoppers and farmers. The competition will run for 2 weeks August 4 – 17 to give you […]
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Let’s navigate the EBT equipment world together. This article addresses the free SNAP EBT Equipment Program and discusses additional options for ineligible markets. All markets that accept SNAP/EBT must possess a machine that processes the EBT transaction. Free Equipment? The USDA-funded (free) SNAP EBT Equipment Program has reopened (more info here). This is a […]
From its cities, to rural corners, to the coast, Maine’s farmers’ markets are enjoyed by a wide array of people for many different reasons. Last summer in 2017, almost 1,500 shoppers were surveyed across the state at farmers’ markets to find out who shops at Maine’s farmers’ markets. People travel an average distance of six […]
Program Description: For the past 3 years, much of this program was funded via the USDA’s Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) grant, in partnership with Wholesome Wave. During this time, the Maine Harvest Bucks brand has grown to be recognized by SNAP shoppers, farmers, and community members. Markets that offer Maine Harvest Bucks are welcoming to […]
Funding Update For the last 3 years, a USDA Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) grant funded the nutrition incentive program (Maine Harvest Bucks) at farmers’ markets in Maine. With these funds, over 30 farmers’ markets have organized and built the systems and infrastructure to make their markets a welcoming place for low-income Mainers who shop with SNAP/EBT. […]
At this year’s Maine Farmers’ Market Convention (January 11th at the Augusta Civic Center), creative strategist Arielle Bywater (from Pica in Belfast) will be discussing ways farmers’ markets can hone their brands to reach new customers and increase loyalty among existing shoppers. Arielle will be looking at all aspects of a market’s outreach strategy, including websites, […]
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. […]
Find all the farmers’ markets that accept Maine Harvest Bucks by clicking this link. For a list of markets that accept SNAP/EBT- click this link!