Friday, April 4, 2014

This Week at the South Durham Farmers' Market

This  Week at the Market
  • Saturday 8 am-Noon Greenwood Commons 54110 Hwy 55 Durham, NC 27713
  • Musical Guest: Scott Boggs 
  • Food Truck: Olio & Aceto
  • In Season: cucumbers, cabbage, tomatoes, potatoes, yams, lettuce, greens
Summer Hours & New Vendors
We are returning to our extended summer hours of 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. tomorrow! And, we are also welcoming several new vendors this weekend, including Filaree, Larry’s Chili & Heirloom Tomato Plants, Mango Bakery and Wrenn's Farm & Nursery. Check out their blurbs below!

EBT & Debit Cards Now Accepted
I am are very pleased to share with you that beginning this Saturday customers will be able to shop the market using their Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards and Debit cards!

EBT cards are used to access benefits received through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program. SNAP recipients simply visit our market’s information booth, swipe their EBT card on the market’s point-of-sale machine and enter the dollar amount they intend to spend at the market. The customer will receive $1 wooden tokens equal to the amount withdrawn from their account. All of the vendors at our market will accept the tokens for SNAP eligible products. If the customer does not use all of the tokens, they can either be returned and credited back to the account or saved for future markets dates (tokens do not expire!).

We have also opted to accept debit cards to expand payment options for shoppers and to cover the costs of accepting SNAP/EBT at the market.  Similar to EBT transactions, customers can swipe their debit cards at the market information booth and receive $5 wooden tokens to spend like cash with any of the market vendors. A $1.50 transaction fee will be charged to debit customers, helping to subsidize the market’s SNAP/EBT program.

By accepting SNAP/EBT, we are proud to be increasing our entire community’s access to the healthy and local foods available at market.

Meet Our New Intern
Meet our new intern, Haniah Lerner, a third-year student at UNC-Chapel Hill with a major in Elementary Education and a minor in Spanish. She has always loved working with food and grew up in a very health-conscious household. She is fascinated with learning how to grow different crops and food preservation techniques. She has worked as the cooking camp director at the Marbles Kids Museum, volunteers at the Chapel Hill Inter-Faith Council Food Bank, and attended a week-long alternative spring break trip to New Orleans in order to help local farmers with harvesting and planting new crops. She is eager to begin working with the South Durham Farmer's Market where she will help manage the SNAP/EBT table and children’s tent (coming soon!). 

No comments:

Post a Comment