The Downtown Farmers Market accepts Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) payments using a wooden token program. The Market’s goal, with the vendors as partners, is to offer opportunities for families who receive food stamp benefits to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables and other eligible products at the Market.
The Downtown Farmers Market currently running a Double Up Food Bucks program, in partnership with Utahns Against Hunger. Participants can receive up to $10 worth of green tokens per day in addition to the wooden tokens. Green tokens can be used to purchase fruits and vegetables. Wooden tokens can be used to to purchase any eligible food item.
SNAP recipients purchase tokens, valued at $1 each at a designated booth near the corner of 300 South and 400 west.
USDA SNAP Program Rules
Wooden tokens CAN be used to buy foods for the household, such as:
- Breads (including muffins and pastries), grains and cereals
- Fruits and vegetables
- Meats, fish, poultry, and dairy products
- food-producing seeds and plants
- Packaged foods that are intended to be eaten at home (salsa, spreads, hummus)
Wooden tokens CANNOT be used to buy:
- Nonfood and/or craft items
- Ready to eat hot foods
- Hot beverages
Green tokens can be used to purchase only fresh fruits and vegetables.