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Farmers Market Program


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Florida Organic Growers (FOG) offers SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly food stamps)recipients the opportunity to use their benefits to purchase food at two farmers markets in Alachua County: the Saturday Alachua County Farmers Market and the Wednesday Union Street Farmers Market. Debit/Credit capabilities are also available.

ALACHUA COUNTY FARMERS MARKETS

FARMERS MARKETS IN FLORIDA

WHO CAN USE THIS SERVICE?

EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) technology allows those with SNAP benefits (food stamps) to use their EBT cards at the farmers markets to purchase acceptable items.

Those who wish to use debit or credit cards will also be able to use their cards at the market.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

The project uses a token system to enable customers with EBT, Debit or Credit Cards to shop at the farmers markets. Here’s how it works:

1. A customer swipes the EBT, Debit or Credit card at the central POS terminal and enters the PIN.
2. The FOG staff enters the amount of tokens requested into the terminal.
3. Once the transaction is approved, the customer is given a transaction receipt and tokens.
4. The customer then uses the tokens at any participating vendor’s stand.

HOW DO I GET THERE?

The Union Street Farmers Market is highly accessible in downtown Gainesville at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza. It is in close proximity to the Rosa Parks RTS Downtown Station servicing numerous bus routes, and to social service agencies and meal sites.

Bus Routes to Bo Diddley Community Plaza:

• Route 5 (Downtown Station to Oaks Mall): Runs every 20 to 30 minutes
• Route 15 (Downtown Station to NW 13th St): Runs every 30 to 60 minutes

The Alachua County Farmers Market at the SE corner of the intersection of State Road 121 (NW 34th Street), and U.S. 441 (NW 13th Street), 3.2 miles north of University Avenue, is also easily accessible from areas of the urban Gainesville and rural Alachua County community, and by bus routes from Gainesville.

Bus Route to North U.S. 441:

• Route 8 (Shands to North Walmart Supercenter): Runs every 90 minutes on Saturdays

WHEN ARE THE FARMERS MARKETS?

The Union Street Farmers Market runs every Wednesday from 4:00pm to 7:00pm.

The Alachua County Farmers Market is every Saturday from 8:30am to 1:00pm.

WHY SHOULD I SHOP AT THE FARMERS MARKET?

A diet consisting of at least five servings (2 to 3 cups) of fruits and vegetables daily decreases the risk of heart disease, stroke, obesity, diabetes and certain cancers. Those who consume eight or more servings are 22 percent less likely to die from heart disease than those who consume three or fewer servings a day. Buying from a farmers market means you’re able to purchase food often picked within a couple days of the market date, so its nutritional quality is still high, and it oftentimes hasn’t traveled across the country using valuable fuel resources. It also means your dollar is going back into the local economy, helping the farmers and other business owners in the community.

WHAT ELSE IS OFFERED?

The on-site FOG market booth us an information and education hub, with community resources on gardening, nutrition, cooking, community events and opportunities. It also provides a place where people can learn how to enroll in SNAP.

ALACHUA COUNTY FARMERS MARKETS

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Tioga Farmers Market
4:00pm-7:00pm
Union Street Farmers Market
4:00pm-7:00pm
High Springs Farmers Market
12:00pm-6:00pm
Thornebrook Farmers Market
3:00pm-6:00pm
Alachua County Farmers Market / 441 Market
8:30am-1:00pm

Haile Farmers Market
8:30am-12:00pm

Keystone Heights Farmers Market
9:00am-1:00pm

High Springs Farmers Market
10:00am-2:00pm

Tioga Monday Market
Tioga Town Center, 13005 W Newberry Road, Newberry, FL
Mondays 4:00pm-7:00pm
Union Street Farmers Market
Bo Diddley Community Plaza, 111 E University Avenue, Gainesville, FL
*Temporary location for 2015: City lot 10 located at SW 1st and SW 1st ave
Wednesdays 4:00pm – 7:00pm
High Springs Farmers Market
Plantation Oaks, 201 NE 1st Avenue, High Springs, FL
Thursdays 12:00pm-6:00pm and First Saturdays 10:00am-2:00pm
Thornebrook Farmers Market
Center Courtyard in Thornebrook Village, 2441 NW 43rd St., Gainesville, Florida
Fridays 3:00pm – 6:00pm
Alachua County Farmers Market / 441 Market
5920 NW 13th Street, Gainesville, FL Saturdays
Saturdays 8:30am-1:00pm
Haile Farmers Market
Haile Plantation Village, SW 81st Terrace, Gainesville, FL
Saturdays 8:30am-12:00pm
Keystone Heights Farmers Market
Natural Park, State Road 21, 555 S. Lawrence Boulevard, Keystone Heights
Saturdays 9:00am-1:00pm