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farmers_market.jpgFarmers' Markets & Food Assistance Programs
The Saint Paul Farmers' Market provides fresh, locally grown foods for the community on Saturdays and Sundays from May 4 through November 17 in downtown Saint Paul. The market is also open at the 7th Place Mall on Tuesdays from June 18 through October 15 between 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. For a list of farmers' markets around the area, click here.

Food Assistance Programs at Farmers' Markets:
The Saint Paul Farmers' Market accepts Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Qualifying individuals can use 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.  

The farmers' markets in Saint Paul 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 WIC vouchers. These checks are also accepted by the same farmers’ market vendors that accept the WIC fruit and vegetable vouchers. For information on WIC program eligibility, click here.

In 2008, Saint Paul Public Schools joined a national partnership funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation known as Food FOCUS. The decision to join Food FOCUS lead to the school district purchasing 165,000 pounds of local produce in the fall of 2010.

Saint Paul Recreation Centers Healthy Meal Program
Recreation centers across Saint Paul, in partnership with Saint Paul Public Schools, serve free, healthy meals in the community in an initiative known as the Free Summer Meals Program. In 2011, the program reached every recreation center, serving a total of 75,000 meals that summer. The free meals are open to youth ages 18 and under and to people with disabilities.

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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