To that end, Coshever said the market now offers the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which enables residents who receive federal assistance to use their EBT cards to buy fresh, local produce directly from the Upcountry farmers who grow it.
SNAP Coordinator Claudia Rosenbaum experienced a similar program in Wisconsin and worked for a year-and-a-half to bring it Upcountry.
With help from the market, Upcountry Sustainability and the Communities Putting Prevention to Work initiative administered by Community Work Day, SNAP enables cardholders to “buy” wooden tokens worth $1.
At the Saturday, Sept. 3, Upcountry Farmers’ Market, (left to right) Melanie Stephens of Upcountry Sustainability, County Councilmembers Mike White and Gladys Baisa, SNAP Coordinator Claudia Rosenbaum and Upcountry Farmers’ Market Manager Neil Coshever celebrated the initiation of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and applauded the obvious benefits of making healthy, local food available to low-income residents.
“These are good for any produce or food plants at the farmers’ stands,” Rosenbaum explained. “The farmers then trade in the tokens for cash at the end of the day.”