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OLR Research Report


July 21, 2010

 

2010-R-0308

FARMERS' MARKETS AND FOOD STAMPS

By: Veronica Rose, Chief Analyst

You want to know if any farmers' market in Litchfield County accepts food stamps. You also want to know if a person with a food stamp benefit card can participate in a community-supported agriculture plan.

The Department of Agriculture's (DOA) website shows 10 farmers' markets in Litchfield County for the 2010 season. Table 1 lists the markets, location, and operating times. It also shows the state assistance cards that the markets accept. Only two of the markets are equipped to handle electronic benefits transfer (EBT) cards (the card that contains the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly the food stamp program, benefits). These are the Litchfield Hills Farm Fresh Market and Norfolk Farmers' Market. More information on the markets is available on the DOA website at: http://www.ct.gov/doag/site/default.asp

We were unable to find any pertinent information on community-supported agriculture plans or programs in Connecticut. We will continue to research this issue and provide any information we find in a follow-up report.

Table 1: Farmers' Markets in Litchfield County, 2010

Market Name

Location

Operating Times

Accepts

WIC and

Senior FMNP*

Accepts WIC Fruit and Vegetable Checks**

Accepts EBT***

Cornwall Farmers' Market

413 Sharon Goshen Tpk.

Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

June to October

     

Kent Farmers' Market

Kent Green

Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 12:00 noon

May 8 to October 10

     

Litchfield Hills Farm-Fresh Market

Center School,

125 West Street

Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

June 12 to October 23

yes

yes

yes

New Hartford Farmers' Market

Pine Meadow Green, Rte 44 and Church St.

Fridays, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

May 21 to October 8

yes

   

New Milford Farmers' Market

Town Green,

Main St.

Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. to noon

May 8 to October 30

yes

yes

 

Norfolk Farmers' Market

Route 44, Center of Town

Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

May 29 to October 9

   

yes

Thomaston Farmers' Market

Seth Thomas Park,

South Main St.

Thomaston

Thursdays, 2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

July 8 to October

yes

yes

 

Torrington Farmers' Market

Downtown Shopping Center, 100 South Main St.

Tuesdays, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

July 5 to October

yes

yes

 

Watertown Farmers' Market

Watertown Library Parking Lot, 470 Main St.

Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

July 10 to September 11

     

Woodbury Farmers' Market

Hollow Park,

43 Hollow Road

Wednesdays, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

July 7 to September

yes

   

*Both WIC clients (women, infants and children identified as “nutritionally at risk”) and eligible seniors receive benefits from the FMNP (Farmers' Market Nutrition Program) to use at participating farmers' markets.

**This program provides WIC clients with supplemental food benefits to buy certain fruits and vegetables at participating markets.

***These farmers' markets have the capability of accepting EBT cards.

Source: Connecticut Department of Agriculture

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