We think that fresh, healthy, local food is something that everybody in our community should have access to, and we are working in a number of ways to try to make this a reality.
Food Assistance Programs and Healthy Food Incentives: We accept SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - formerly known as food stamps) and WIC and Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program benefits. Thanks to generous grants from UNC Health Care and Carolina Farm Credit, we are able to match purchases with these benefits with up to $10 of matching Market Bucks to help those benefits go a little farther. Come by our Market Welcome Booth to use these benefits and to learn more!
Market Tours and Off-Site Programming: We know that sometimes it can be intimidating to go somewhere totally new and full of other people, and even more so if few of them speak your first language. We are very happy to orient new people to the Market! We welcome tour groups and we are also happy to come speak to groups about the Market.
Youth Programming and School Events: Healthy eating habits start early! We love partnering with schools and other youth organizations to talk about where food comes from and what to do with it! This can include both on-site activities for kids at Market, and programs at schools or after-school programs. We debuted our new kids' cooking program Carrboro Cooks! in Spring and Fall of 2015, as well as The Market Bunch, a new kids' club, in Summer 2015!
Registration will be open in mid-winter for our Spring 2017 semester of Carrboro Cooks! Kids in the program learn fun, easy, healthy ways to prepare seasonal vegetables. They will cook, eat, shop, and play games at Market and will go home with a recipe and produce. Kids & their families are also invited to a farm field trip at the end of the program. Those interested in being notified when registration opens should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos from our 2015 Carrboro Cooks! Classes
Farmer Foodshare Donation Station: Each week Farmer Foodshare collects fresh food donations at Market. They make sure these donations gets into the hands of local families that need it. We are grateful for their support, and please stop by their booth at Market! Thousands of pounds of food get donated to food insecure families through this program each year. You can donate produce or cash to be spent on produce!