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Posted on: August 23, 2021

Use Your SNAP EBT Card at Your Local Farmers Market

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The Virginia Cooperative Extension Family Nutrition Program, "Eat Smart, Move More," empowers you to take charge of your health by eating healthy and living an active lifestyle. Our nutrition educators work with Virginians to teach essential life skills like cooking, managing a food budget, using SNAP/EBT, being physically active, handling food safely, and planning meals.

Using your EBT card at a farmers market:

  1. Find the market manager’s information table.
  2. He or she will swipe your EBT card for the amount you request. You will receive $1 wooden tokens. These tokens act like cash in the market.
  3. Use your tokens to buy fruit, vegetables, meat, eggs, baked goods, herbs, and more!

What you can buy with your SNAP benefits at the market:

  • Meat
  • Honey
  • Vegetables
  • Fruit
  • Eggs
  • Wrapped baked goods to be consumed at home
  • Herbs
  • Jams and Preserves
  • Cheese
  • Plants that produce fruit

You cannot buy hot prepared foods, alcohol, or non-food items, the same rules as at the grocery store.

Buy fresh, local foods with SNAP

Many farmers markets are now able to accept your SNAP benefits. Some will double your SNAP dollars for free!  Food from the farmers market is locally grown, healthy, and tasty. Visit your local farmers market and experience the difference yourself. To find the farmers market nearest you and which ones double SNAP dollars, visit the Eat Smart, Move More VA website.

To learn more, view the brochure (PDF).

The Virginia Cooperative Extension Family Nutrition Program is in partnership with Loudoun Hunger Relief.

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