The Blacksburg Farmers Market
is committed to ensuring that all members of our community, including those who are food insecure, can enjoy the benefits of eating fresh, locally-produced food. As part of this mission, nearly 10 years ago, the Market started accepting SNAP/EBT benefits and providing a dollar-for-dollar matching program so that SNAP benefits could go further in purchasing fresh, local, and healthy food at the Blacksburg Farmer's Market.
Today, we have enrolled over 300 households in the Blacksburg Farmers Market's SNAP Double Value program and have provided about $55,000 worth of local produce to low-income customers. That money is passed directly on to farmers in our community. With your help, we can continue to match SNAP customers’ benefits and can focus on expanding our communities access to fresh, local food.
Currently, we are offering a doubling value for up to $30 per person per market. For example, a SNAP shopper can come to the market, swipe $30 off their SNAP card, and receive an additional $30 in tokens to shop at the Farmers Market. Customers can take advantage of this match in funds up to 2 times per week at both the Wednesday and Saturday markets! The increased value of SNAP dollars helps break down barriers created by the perception that farmers markets are beyond their reach.
Based on the program’s growth in participation, we anticipate needing an additional $7,000 over the next year to continue to provide this service to a potential 300+ families and individuals.
More about the Market: The Blacksburg Farmers Market
is a thriving year-round market and community gathering place located in downtown Blacksburg. With 45+ vendors, the Market offers a diverse array of products such as seasonal fruits and vegetables, free range meat, farm fresh eggs, cut flowers, prepared foods, and baked goods, jams, jellies, plant starts, artisan woodwork and ironwork, honey, beeswax candles, homemade body products, medicinal tinctures and teas and much, much more! Come check it out all year round: