Last week, our neighborhood farmer’s market kicked itself off with a bang. I braved my bicycle for the first time in… well, let’s not talk about that shall we? *ahem* Anyway, Rebecca and I biked up and I have to say it was a seriously pleasant improvement over last year.
There were all sorts of veggies and greens, homemade breads and cheeses and sustainably raised meats! Even a guy making brick oven pizzas, which you could eat while being serenaded by a rather lovely violinist!
I even discovered our Farmer’s Market is one of very few in the state that actually takes food stamps.
Wait. Food stamps?
Yep. You heard me, and I couldn’t be more excited that my neighborhood is one of the pioneers of this new trend.
Wholesome Wave Georgia
From their website:
WWG magnifies the power of good food and local economy. We work to increase food accessibility for all Georgia’s citizens while contributing to our local food economy. Using private funds, we double the value of SNAP benefits (EBT), WIC FMNP Coupons and WIC Senior Nutrition Coupons spent at our partner markets and farm stands. Basically, we leverage existing government food nutrition programs to encourage shopping at local farmers markets, by creating an incentive:
Every EBT or WIC dollar spent at a WWG partner market becomes two dollars.
Seriously. They are doubling people’s food budget. How cool is that?
There’s been quite a bit of talk all around lately about cheap processed foods and how difficult it can be for a family with limited resources to afford fresh, healthy food. This dilemma has helped lead to the near-epidemic rates of obesity and diabetes in our country, and only recently are we starting to see real efforts to reverse that trend. I believe that programs like this one are crucial to making these changes possible.
If you’d like your local farmer’s market to join this program, check out the national Wholesome Wave foundation link here.