Crystal Farmers Market Provides Access to Locally Grown Goods and Food Assistance Programs
The Crystal Farmers Market is officially open for business, giving shoppers the opportunity to purchase locally grown and produced goods as well as benefit from food assistance programs.
The farmers market will take place every Tuesday from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Becker Park.
Shoppers at the Farmers Market
Stacy Chouinard, Crystal Recreation Supervisor, expressed her excitement about the variety of offerings available.
“We’ve got a food truck at each [market] date, and various produce and jewelry vendors, hot sauce and muffin makers,” Chouinard stated.
Everything sold at the market is sourced within a 400-mile radius or less.
Shoppers Can Benefit from Food Assistance Programs
One of the key aspects of the Crystal Farmers Market is its commitment to providing access to fresh food for all residents, including those who rely on food assistance programs.
“If you have EBT we participate in Market Bucks, so if you spend $10.00 in SNAP and EBT you get a matching $10.00 in Market Bucks and a matching $10.00 in Produce Bucks,” stated Chouinard. “Bring your [SNAP or EBT] card down to our info booth and we can get you your token.”
Initiative to Promote Healthier Choices for Kids and Seniors
The Crystal Farmers Market also reintroduced its Power Produce Program, sponsored by Medica. Originally launched for youth, the program has expanded this year to include seniors aged 65 and above. On select market dates, seniors can sign up at the information table and receive a $2 token to spend on fresh fruits or vegetables.
For more information about the Crystal Farmers Market, including becoming a vendor or volunteer, please visit the official website.