BFM Opens the 2015 Season with Double SNAP Every Saturday
For the first time in its six year history, the Brainerd Farmers’ Market will match dollar-for-dollar every SNAP purchase made at the market for the ENTIRE season
April 21, 2015—The Brainerd Community Farmers Market will be back to normal season hours (10 am-12 pm) every Saturday starting April 25th. Located at the corner of Brainerd Rd. and Belvoir Ave. in the parking lot of Grace Episcopal church, the Market is excited to welcome several new vendors and welcome back our old friends. The market will be celebrating the recently awarded Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga grant that will allow the market to offer DOUBLE SNAP DOLLARS EVERY SATURDAY for the whole season! “The market has always been dedicated to making fresh, clean food more affordable for its community,” says Market Director Catherine Durham. “With this grant and several gifts from Grace Episcopal parishioners, we can finally quite literally double the purchasing power for SNAP patrons to provide fresh food for their families.”
The Brainerd Farmers Market is held from 10am until 12pm on Saturdays from April 25th through December 19th, 2015. Local Farmers will present fresh naturally grown produce, farm fresh eggs, dairy and meat products. Bakers will present delicious artisan breads, sweets and pastries, and fine artists, musicians and craftsmen round out the festive market.
The Brainerd Community Farmers Market accepts EBT/ SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Card purchases. In addition the market also accepts cash, credit and debit card purchases. The Market matches EBT/SNAP food purchases at the market every Saturday. Outreach for this program is made possible through a grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga and the generosity of several private donors. SNAP recipients may bring their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards to the farmers market and obtain tokens which may be used to purchase fresh, local produce, dairy products, meat products, honey, preserves, baked goods, plants used to produce food at home and much more.
The mission of the Brainerd Farmers Market is to make local organic and sustainably grown produce available to the Chattanooga Brainerd community and to encourage healthy local food choices for Brainerd residents through educational and financial assistance projects for low-income market patrons. Grace Episcopal Church, a 501(c)3 non-profit, provides fiscal sponsorship and the physical location for the weekly farmers' market. Grace Episcopal Church proudly supports local farmers.
Contact: Catherine Durham, Market Director