Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Redemptions at Farmers Markets Exceed $11 Million in 2011

“By welcoming SNAP benefits, farmers markets provide access to fruits and vegetables and other healthy foods which may not otherwise be easily available,” said Kevin Concannon, Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services. “It is a win-win for both farmers and SNAP recipients.”

“The number of SNAP recipients is at a historic high. Enhancing the ability of SNAP recipients to purchase fresh produce at farmers markets and farm stands can help market vendors realize substantial increases in revenue and increase access to fresh, healthful food to more American households.”



About Fresh Start Farms NH

Fresh Start Farms is a collective of refugee and immigrant farmers who are participating in the New American Sustainable Agriculture Program. Our New American farmer entrepreneurs represent the Somali-Bantu, Bhutanese and Congolese communities, as well as other ethnic groups. These growers sell produce wholesale to restaurants, colleges and other organizations and businesses, at farmers’ markets and farm stands, and through a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program (with pick up sites in the Greater Manchester and Greater Seacoast). Produce is grown with soil health, environmental well being, and consumer happiness in mind. Fresh Start Farms, located in Dunbarton & Bedford, New Hampshire, is a spray-free farm in which farmers use integrated pest management practices with culturally appropriate growing techniques. Fresh Start Farms is a project of the non-profit Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success (ORIS), located in Manchester, New Hampshire. 100% of the profits from the farm go back to the New American farm entrepreneurs.

Posted on March 22, 2012, in Food for Thought. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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