Farmers’ Market Vouchers

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The Farmers’ Market Voucher working group is promoting the idea of vouchers for low-income eaters to be used at farmers’ markets. Below you will find farmers’ market voucher resources, including Canadian and U.S. program websites.

Farmers’ Market Voucher Program Resources

Webinar Recording

Watch our webinar from November 19, 2012 with panelists Anne Freeman (Greenbelt Farmers’ Market Network, ON), Michelle Seaborn (Grimsby Farmers’ Market, ON), Peter Leblanc (Farmers’ Market Nutrition Coupon Program, BC), Maggie Reynolds (Double Value Coupon Program, USA), and Ayal Dinner (Sorauren Farmers’ Market Market Bucks Program, ON).

Webinar: Farmers Market Vouchers (November 2012) from Sustain Ontario on Vimeo.


Canadian Websites

BC Association of Farmers’ Markets

Waterloo Region Public Health Neighbourhood Markets

Waterloo Region Public Health Food Security Documents

USDA Websites

Farmers’ Markets Coalition Advocacy Initiatives for Farmers’ Markets including WIC FMNP

Project for Public Space Resources of Farmers’ Markets including low-income

USDA Food and Nutrition Services including WIC and FMNP



New York Times Article: The Farmers’ Market Effect

ATTRA Publication: Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities

US Program Glossary

EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer)
FNS (Food and Nutrition Services, agency of the USDA)
FMNP (Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program for WIC participants)
SFMNP (Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program)
SNAP (Supplemental  Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly food stamps)
TANF (Temporary Aid for Need Families)
USDA (United States Department of Agriculture)
WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children)
Farm Bill 2008: The Food, Conservation and Energy Act

Academic Papers

Baker, Lauren. 2005. Farmers Markets in Low-Income Neighbourhoods: Confronting the Dilemma Between Social Justice and Environmental Sustainability.

Dollahite, J.S., J.A. Nelson, E.A. Frongillo, and M.R. Griffin.  2005.  Building community capacity through enhanced collaboration in the farmers’ market nutrition program. Agriculture and Human Values. Vol. 22: 339-354.

Fisher, A. 1999. Hot Peppers & Parking Lot Peaches: Evaluating Farmers Markets in Low Income Communities. California: Community Food Security Coalition.

Lindsay S, Lambert J, Penn T, Hedges S, Ortwine K, Mei A, et al. 2013. Monetary Matched Incentives to Encourage the Purchase of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables at Farmers Markets in Underserved Communities. Preventing Chronic Disease. Vol. 10: 130124.

Kellogg Foundation. 2003. Public Markets & Community-Based Food Systems: Making Them Work in Lower-Income Neighborhoods.  New York: Project for Public Spaces.

Kellogg Foundation 2008.  Diversifying Farmers’ Markets: New Opportunities for Farmers, Communities and Consumers.

Google Groups
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