The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formally known as Food Stamps, allows recipients to use their EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) cards to purchase healthy, fresh, and locally produced food at farmers’ markets and farm stands. SNAP recipients can purchase vegetables, fruits, meats, dairy products, honey, breads, baked products, and even seeds or seedlings for food-producing plants! Seacoast Eat Local is part of a greater statewide network called the New Hampshire Nutrition Incentive Network. This network is growing opportunities for EBT recipients to use their benefits to purchase local foods at farmers’ markets and farm stands. The New Hampshire Nutrition Incentive Network also developed Granite State Market Match (GSMM), an incentive available for SNAP shoppers at local farmers’ markets and farm stands.
Where can I use my SNAP dollars?
Seacoast Eat Local (SEL) accepts SNAP/EBT at our Winter Farmers Markets! These Winter Farmers’ Markets take place in Exeter and Rollinsford from November through April. Dates, times, and location details can be found on our Winter Farmers’ Market page.
We collaborate with the following organizations and farms to offer SNAP/EBT access and Granite State Market Match at their summertime farmers’ markets or farm stands/stores:
Summer SNAP Farmers’ Market Schedule (Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic some of these markets may be postponed or have condensed schedules, please refer to this calendar for market dates and listings and visit our Seacoast Harvest COVID-19 page for up to date information on farms and local food producers).
Mondays: Durham Farmers’ Market
Tuesdays: Rochester Farmers Market
Wednesdays: Dover Farmers’ Market
Thursdays: Exeter Farmers’ Market
Saturdays: Portsmouth Farmers’ Market
Our Seacoast Area Mobile Market (SAMM Van) also accepts SNAP. Check the website for our seasonal schedule.
How It Works
Farmers’ Markets (Some markets are currently practicing different operating procedures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, be sure to ask market staff).
SNAP recipients can choose how much they would like to spend that day on food purchases. A market staff member will then swipe the EBT card for that amount. The customer is then given wooden tokens, that are used just like cash, and can be used to buy food at approved vendors at the market.
For the 2020 summer market season, Seacoast Eat Local is offering a 1:1 match on charged EBT funds. Any amount of SNAP/EBT benefit that is accessed at market comes with an equal amount of Granite State Market Match vouchers to be used to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables! Swipe $20 in SNAP/EBT and receive an additional $20 in GSMM! Please note that Market Match coupons may only be used on fruits and vegetables and that the coupons do expire at the end of April 2021. Contact us with any questions at 1-888-600-0128 or [email protected].
Select farm stands can accept tokens and can run EBT cards for SNAP purchases. When using an EBT card at a farm stand, the total purchase of fruits and or vegetables is given 50% off and then added to any other purchase made on the EBT card. If you have any leftover market tokens you can also redeem them at certain farm stands. The sites currently accepting SNAP are shown above.
Shopping at the Market
What You CAN Buy with SNAP
- Fruits and Vegetables
- Plants that Grow Food (many are surprised to know this!)
- Meat, Fish, Poultry
- Dairy Products
- Maple and Honey Products
- Seeds and Plants that Produce Foods
- Baked Goods: Wrapped, Labeled and Intended for Home Consumption
- Jams, Sauces, Soups, Etc.
What You CANNOT Buy with SNAP
- Beer, Wine, or Liquor
- Tobacco Products
- Nonfood Items
- Food Meant to be Eaten On-Site
- Hot Foods
- Vitamins and Medicines
Contact us with any questions at 1(207)387-0567 or [email protected]
Common Terms: Learn the Lingo!
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP, is the new name for the federal program formerly known as Food Stamps. SNAP was established by the Food Stamp Act of 1964, and provides federal assistance to people who are eligible based on income.
Electronic Benefit Transfer or EBT, is the new electronic method of payment for SNAP benefits. Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards, very similar to debit cards, are now used to make purchases for food items in approved locations, replacing the paper voucher system.
Market Match, or Granite State Market Match, or GSMM, is an additional incentive program that matches SNAP customers benefits dollar for dollar, up to the first $10. Market Match Coupons can be used to purchase additional fruits and vegetables at the market. Funding provided by the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) through a regional grant administered by the New Hampshire Food Bank.
For more information, contact: [email protected]
By allowing SNAP recipients to use their federal benefits at the winter and summer farmers’ markets, SEL hopes to create affordable year-round access to local foods. The goal of the program is to not only improve access to fresh foods and in turn improve an individual’s nutrition and health, but also to invigorate the local economy and New Hampshire’s agricultural community.
Seacoast Eat Local’s is always looking for volunteers. Help increase access to local fresh healthy food for low-income individuals and families!
Help at the Market: Volunteers are needed to help at the SNAP/EBT booth to help answer customer’s questions, assist the program coordinator with EBT and debit transactions, and to provide new EBT shoppers with information and a farmers’ market tour.
Tell your Community: Help us promote this program all over the Seacoast region of New Hampshire. We can provide you with posters, fliers and more information to put up in your own community!
Donate: Your donation makes it possible to reach more of our low-income community with healthy, local food. Donate today >
Email [email protected] to get involved!
Interested in starting a SNAP program for your farmers’ market or farm stand?
Here are great resources to start with:
- USDA learn how you can accept SNAP Benefits at farmers markets
- Farmers Market Coalition Resource Library
- Market Link Grant Program for discounted or free EBT equipment for your farmers’ market or farm stand
Let us know how we can help! [email protected]