I love the farmer’s market for so many reasons, the like minded people, the quality of the products, the fact that it’s local and I am supporting local farmers, but yesterday made me love it even more. For folks on food stamps or who use EBT cards, you can get 2 for 1 bucks at the market. It gives people a chance to see that local and fresh doesn’t have to mean expensive.
I have been talking to my new friend at work for a couple weeks about the market. She went to another market one day and was so happy to be able to get fresh local food. But when she rode with me to the market on Tuesday for 2 for 1 bucks on the EBT it made me so happy to see someone who I know buy local meat and eggs, veggies and baked goods at an affordable price and get a taste of just how good food can be.
Keep in mind this is the end of the growing season for some items and the pickings are slim sometimes at 5:30 at the market, but she got beef, pork chops, peppers, onions, some other veggies all for less than 30 bucks on her EBT card AND she has money left over for more food next week.
I know I can’t change the world, but if I can help one person discover the joy of fresh healthy local food then I have done my part. I will offer her a ride every tuesday, if she wants to go to the market. I am happy to share my passion for local food and my community of local food growers to help others eat better.