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Farmers Market Returns with Food Benefit Matching Programs, Parking Changes

The Rockville Farmers Market opens for the season on Saturday, May 18 with a dollar-for-dollar match of up to $20 for customers using their federal nutrition benefits, and new parking details.

Cabbage, strawberries and carrots

Entering its 13th year, 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. Customers can 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 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 will be open 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 23, in the jury parking lot at East Jefferson (MD 28) and Monroe streets in Rockville Town Center. Parking will not be permitted in the jury parking lot this year.

Free parking is available in the Montgomery County parking garage at the corner of Monroe and East Jefferson Streets, which is across Monroe Street from the market and adjacent the Montgomery County Council Office Building.

The market 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.

Find a list of vendors and learn more about the Eat Fresh Rockville and Maryland Market Money program and the market at www.rockvillemd.gov/farmers.

This article has been corrected from the print version to reflect that Saturday, Nov. 23 is the final date of the 2024 market season.

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