Fall Into the Season with Boosted Food Benefits at the Farmers Market

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The City of Rockville and Rockville Farmers Market is doubling its dollar-for-dollar match for customers using their federal nutrition benefits at the city’s weekly market.

Customers can now receive a dollar-for-dollar match of up to $20 weekly when they shop with SNAP/EBT (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program/Electronic Benefits Transfer), P-EBT (Pandemic EBT) and WIC-FVC (Women, Infants and Children-Fruit and Vegetable Checks) at the market. Matching funds can be used to purchase locally grown and produced items including fruits, vegetables, meat, cheese, dairy, baked goods, eggs and honey. The Eat Fresh Rockville and Maryland Market Money program removes economic barriers for food-insecure shoppers, by increasing access to fresh produce and increasing purchasing power.

The program aims to fight hunger while investing directly in farmers, strengthening the local food system. Customers can stop by the market tent, located at the market entrance, for more information.

The market is open 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 20, in the jury parking lot at East Jefferson (MD 28) and Monroe streets in Rockville Town Center. It gives shoppers their pick of farm-fresh produce and more from regional growers/producers, transforming itself weekly as fruits and vegetables become available throughout the season. Market rules and regulations and a preordering program provide for quicker, safer shopping.

Fall offerings include apples, cider, gourds, potatoes and pumpkins. The market also features plants and flowers, herbs, baked goods, local wine and spirits, knife sharpening, meat and coffee.

Learn more about the Eat Fresh Rockville and Maryland Market Money program and find a list of participating vendors and approximate harvest dates for select fruits and vegetables at www.rockvillemd.gov/farmers, or call 240-314-8620 for more information. For more updates, follow the market on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RockvilleFarmersMarket.

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