Learn about the Morris Area Farmers Market and what the market offers to our community. view how to use your EBT card and Market Bucks at the market to purchase fresh local foods. A lot of great activities and community events are organized at the market to make more fun while shopping for healthy foods. Please share this video and invite your family and friends to join us at the Morris Area Farmers Market every Monday and Thursday from 3:00pm – 6:00pm on East Side Park.
Join us at the Morris Area Farmers Market to attend food demonstrations this season using a variety of local foods directly from vendors.
Dorothy Rosemeier, a Local Food Advocate, is holding a series of food demonstrations on how to incorporate the fresh produce, herbs, and other ingredients available at the market into healthy, creative, easy-to-make dishes.
Copies of recipes will be available during the demonstration and also available to download at the Morris Area Farmers Market website the following day.
When: Thursday, August 1st, 15th, 29th.
Time: 4:45pm – 5:15pm
Where: Morris Area Farmers Market, East Side Park
This is a great event to bring family and friends to learn how to cook seasonal foods! For more information and to download the recipes, please visit www.morrisareafarmersmarket.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates.
Morris Area Farmers Market is now accepting EBT and popular Market Bucks program; applauds new markets across the state for joining the effort.
Morris, MINN. (May 21, 2013) – Low-income Minnesotans can once again take advantage of two programs being offered through the Morris Area Farmers Market that make fresh and healthy foods easier to purchase and more affordable. For the first time, the market has signed on to accept Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards—and its decision is part of a growing trend seen across Minnesota. In fact, more than 50 markets throughout the state have agreed to collaborate with their local farmers market associations, the Minnesota Department of Human Services and the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (Blue Cross) to enable Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants to purchase vegetables, fruits and other SNAP eligible products directly from local farmers.
SNAP participants can also stretch their dollars further with a special incentive from Blue Cross which is matching EBT card purchases with up to an additional $5 in “Market Bucks” each market day. Market Bucks can be used during the same trip or anytime during 2013 market season, on SNAP eligible purchases. This is the first year the Morris Area Farmers Market is participating in the program.
The installation of terminals to accept EBT at farmers markets has grown slowly since Minnesota’s food support program moved from paper stamps to electronic form in 1998. Implementing technology that allows SNAP participants to use their benefits at farmers markets provides them access to goods which may otherwise not be readily available, especially in neighborhoods that lack a full service grocery store. It also creates a new customer base for markets and an economic boost whenever new SNAP benefits are redeemed.
“We know many people want to make healthier choices for themselves and their families, but the challenge is making the healthy choice easy and accessible for everyone,” said Janelle Waldock, director of the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross. “Enabling SNAP participants to use their EBT card at their neighborhood farmers market provides them greater access to fresh fruits and vegetables, creates a sense of community and can build demand for further public health improvements at a neighborhood level.”
The Morris Area Farmers Market operates every Monday and Thursday from 3:00pm to 6:00pm June 13th – September 26th 2013. The market is located on the East Side Park at the intersection of Colorado Avenue and Seventh Street.
For more information on the market, please visit www.morrisareafarmersmarket.com or contact Paula Fechtenberger, Farmers Market Manager, at 320 392 5657.
To see a full list of farmers markets across Minnesota that are accepting EBT and participating in the Market Bucks program this season, visit preventionminnesota.com.
To determine your eligibility for SNAP call The MN Food HelpLine at 1-888-711-1151.
If you are a farmer, a small grower, or perhaps a just a big gardener with a “green thumb”, we need you at the Morris Area Farmers Market! Here is a great opportunity to get started: the Morris Area Farmers Market is offering a one day free pass for new vendors to sell at the market. The current MAFM vendors want you to give us a try, and invite you to be a part of our growing and flourishing Morris Area Farmers Market.
The Morris Area Farmers Market is a place where farmers, growers, producers and artisans sell their products directly to the public, and customers have a direct relationship with the producer of the items they purchase. This market emphasizes product quality, freshness and originality, with items produced and sold locally.
MARKET DAYS AND HOURS: Mondays and Thursdays, 3 pm to 6 pm
OPENING DAY: Thursday, June 13th, 2013
LAST DAY: Thursday, September 26th, 2013
LOCATION: East Side Park at the intersection of Colorado Avenue and Seventh Street
Interested and potential vendors must complete the 2013 application form and return it one week before selling at the market. Hard copies of the application are also available at Pomme de Terre Foods.
Email or mail the application to:
Paula Feuchtenberger, MAFM Manager
25787 450th Ave
Hancock, MN 56244
After trying out the Morris Area Farmers Market as a “vendor for a day”, we hope that you will decide to continue selling your products at the Farmers Market. The daily rate is $5, or you can purchase a full-season vendor pass for $35. The Market Advisory Committee reviews all vendor applications for consistency with Morris Area Farmers Market guidelines.
For more information, contact Paula Feuchtenberger, 320-392-5657 or firstname.lastname@example.org