Farmers market season is in full swing, with fresh fruits and veggies, handmade foods, and crafts galore! With numerous markets across Seattle and the surrounding area, there’s an opportunity to visit a farmer’s market almost every day of the week. They make for a fun family outing or a sunnier alternative to the supermarket, and shopping at one also supports local farmers. But that’s not the only way farmer’s markets are helping their communities! Here at Filer Insurance, we’d like to take a moment to appreciate the community services performed by local markets.
Around the state, markets are working to ensure that everyone, regardless of income, has access to fresh, healthy foods. Through Washington State Farmers Market Access Partnership, markets can collaborate with state, federal, and nonprofit programs to help those with limited income. These projects include the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Farmers Market Nutrition Program. Thanks to these efforts, many community members are able to eat healthier.
A number of Seattle markets participate in Fresh Bucks, where they match SNAP shoppers’ spending dollar-for-dollar, helping them afford more of the great seasonal produce available. These programs aren’t limited to the city, either; according to Karen Erickson, Snohomish County Regional Lead, Everett’s markets are matching SNAP funds as well. Local businesses and individuals can also donate to the program, so that markets can do even more to provide wholesome food to all community members.
As a life and health insurance broker, Filer Insurance always supports and encourages healthy living. It’s great to see everything farmer’s markets accomplish towards this goal as well. We’re happy to raise awareness for community programs supporting healthy choices!
Whether you’re looking for fresh food, a way to support your community, or both, think of your local farmer’s market this summer! You can find your closest Washington market here, and learn more about the Farmers Market Access Partnership here.