Farmers markets are good for our communities. They not only bring fresh, nutritious, and sustainably-grown food to our tables at affordable prices, but they also support local farmers and the local economy. From May to late November, the region’s 80+ farmers markets and farm stands are the place to shop.
The fresh produce and groceries available from our farmers markets should be available to everyone. Just Harvest has been working with local officials, farmers groups, and neighborhood groups to expand the reach of farmers markets into low-income neighborhoods.
Access, however, also means being able to buy the produce that is available. We have been working to make it possible to purchase farmers market produce with government benefits. Under Just Harvest’s Fresh Access program, six of the seven Pittsburgh Citiparks farmers markets began accepting food stamps in the summer of 2013. We will be working to expand the program to other farmers markets in 2014.
Currently Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers for seniors (SFMNP) and WIC recipients (FMNP) are accepted by most vendors at markets. These checks may only be used to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables grown or growable in Pennsylvania. Farmers cannot give change if you do not spend the entire $5 value of each voucher.
- For a complete list of the region’s farmers markets, check out the Post-Gazette‘s interactive map and listing.
- Please see our list of all area farmers markets and farm stands that accept EBT/food stamps. Those that also accept WIC and senior vouchers are noted.
- Visit Allegheny County’s website for a complete list of farmers markets and farms stands that accept WIC vouchers.
- Visit the PA Department of Agriculture’s website to retrieve a list of FMNP/SFMNP participating farmers markets and farm stands as well as an interactive map of their locations.