WALPOLE, N.H. — Granite State Market Match (GSMM) is a state-wide program that doubles SNAP dollars at participating Farmers’ Markets, Community Supported Agricultures (CSAs), and Farm Stands/Stores, in an effort to increase access to fresh fruits & vegetables. The Cheshire County Conservation District serves as the regional lead in the Monadnock Region to support the purchase of EBT machines for farms and markets interested in expanding access to their products.
Once a farm or market has received their EBT machine, not only are low income residents able to purchase food items directly from the farm with their SNAP dollars, but they also receive a dollar-for-dollar match to be spent on additional fruits and vegetables for themselves and their family.
This summer, in addition to The Farmers’ Market of Keene, The Winchester Farmers’ Market on Main, the TEAM Jaffrey Farmers’ Market, Picadilly Farm CSA, and Hillside Springs Farm CSA, we’ve added five new locations where you can now shop with your SNAP dollars!
Newly added locations include: New Dawn Farm CSA and Farm Store (Westmoreland, NH) Stonewall Farm CSA and Farm Store (Keene, NH), Tracie’s Community Farm CSA and Farm Store (Fitzwilliam, NH), and Sun Moon Farm CSA (Rindge, NH), and the Hinsdale Farmers’ Market.
At participating farmers’ markets, SNAP dollars are matched dollar-for-dollar, providing extra dollars to be spent on fresh fruits and vegetables. At participating CSAs, weekly shares are 50% off for SNAP customers. At participating Farm Stores, all fruits and vegetables are 50% off for SNAP customers. SNAP dollars can also be used on standard SNAP eligible food items such as meat, eggs, milk, honey, etc.
For more information about the Granite State Market Match program in Cheshire County and for a full list of participating locations, visit www.cheshireconservation.org/
The Cheshire County Conservation District promotes the conservation and responsible use of our natural and agricultural resources for the people of Cheshire County by providing technical, financial, and educational assistance. Our goal is to encourage the stewardship of healthy soils, productive ecologically sound farms, diverse wildlife, productive sustainable forests, healthy watersheds, and clean water to ensure those resources are available for future generations. Established in 1945, the Conservation District operates out of Walpole, NH where we work alongside the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and other conservation partners.
–Cheshire County Conservation District
For more articles out of New England, click here.