Beginning May 3, the Muscatine Area Farmer’s Market will once again be outdoors. After spending the winter months inside the Muscatine Mall, many vendors and customers are looking forward to the change of weather that will allow for the more traditional outside setting.
This growing and selling season will bring something new to the market. In addition to the Farmer’s Market Nutritional Program (FMNP) which enables vendors to accept Women Infant and Children (WIC) and Senior Resources vouchers, some vendors will now be able to accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) cards.
Currently, three local vendors have signed up to be part of the program. The equipment required to process the cards is being paid for by a grant at little or no cost to the vendor.
Shoppers who use the card can now purchase a variety of farmer’s market items, including fresh eggs, bread, locally-grown honey, jams and jellies, herbs, and even plant starts and seeds for food-producing plants.
Not all vendors at the market are able to accept the cards at this time, though the market’s Jennifer Defosse hopes the program will continue to spread. “It is such a great program that brings people to the market. We really love to be able to help the community,”Defosse said.
During the summer months, the market will be held in the parking lot of the Muscatine Mall on Tuesday from 2:30-5:30 p.m. and at the corner of 3rd and Cedar Streets on Saturday from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m.
For more information on the market, or which vendors will be accepting the SNAP card, find the Muscatine Area Farmers Market on Facebook or email questions to [email protected]