Farmers markets in our county are vibrant and necessary community spaces which offer residents and visitors alike a space to enjoy Florida’s bounty as well as music, drinks, and local crafts. FOG has worked since 2010 to ensure every member of our county has the ability to purchase fresh, locally-produced food for their families through the Local Food Security Project, previously known as the “Alachua County Farmers Markets EBT Project” and the “Local EBT Project.”

Regardless of the name, this project has consistently offered SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) participants a way to use their benefits to purchase eligible food at farmers markets in Alachua County. This project has received valuable support from local government, Wells Fargo Bank, the Farmers Market Coalition, USDA grant programs, and from the markets themselves. Currently, two markets are in the FOG network of SNAP-authorized markets, and both participate in the Fresh Access Bucks (FAB) program, which doubles SNAP dollars spent at FAB markets.

Local Food Security Project: Participating Farmers Markets

441 Farmers Market (FAB Market)
5920 NW 13th Street, Gainesville
Every Saturday, year-round, from 8:30 am to 12 pm
Producer-only market
No pets allowed besides service animals

Union Street Farmers Market (FAB Market)
Bo Diddley Plaza, Gainesville
Every Wednesday, year-round, from 4 pm – 7 pm
Over 50+ vendors – produce, meats, cheeses, hot food, desserts, arts & crafts
Live music, kid’s play area, located in the heart of downtown

EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) technology allows SNAP recipients to use their EBT cards to purchase market money in the form of tokens, which can then be used to purchase SNAP-eligible items from any vendor at the authorized market.

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