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farmers_market.jpgFarmers' Markets & Food Assistance Programs

You can visit the Saint Paul Downtown Farmers' Market on Saturdays and Sundays from May 4 - November 17. The market is also open at the 7th Place Mall on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. from June 18 - October 15. For a list of Saint Paul and other Twin Cities market locations and times, click here.

Food Assistance Programs at Farmers' Markets:

The Saint Paul Downtown Farmers' Market accepts Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.  People can use their EBT cards to purchase fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, dairy, breads and more.  Check out this website for more information about using your card at the market, and use the map found here.  

Several Saint Paul Farmers’ Markets also accept WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) fruit and vegetable vouchers. Families already participating in WIC prior to June may also get a one-time set of $20.00 Farmers’ Market checks in addition to their WIC vouchers. These checks are also accepted by the same farmers’ market vendors that accept the WIC fruit and vegetable vouchers.  For WIC program eligibility click here.

In 2008, Saint Paul Public Schools joined a national partnership funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation called Food FOCUS, or Food Options for Children in Urban Schools. In September and October of 2010, the school district purchased 165,000 pounds of local produce.  The schools continually look to expand local offerings.  Click here for more information about the program.

Saint Paul Recreation Centers Healthy Meal Program
Saint Paul Recreation Centers, in partnership with Saint Paul Public Schools, have been serving free healthy meals in our community for 20 years.  In 2011 the program was expanded to every Recreation Center, serving a total of 75,000 meals that summer. The free meals are open to kids 18 and under and people with disabilities. Click here for the summer meal schedule.

Minnesota Grown Directory
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture maintains a comprehensive list of farms and farmers' markets in the region.  Use their online system to search for healthy food sources near you, or order a free printed copy.
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