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, three markets are in the FOG network of SNAP-authorized markets, and two participate in the Fresh Access Bucks (FAB) program, which doubles SNAP dollars spent at FAB markets.