The Olympia Farmers Market will continue its Fresh Bucks Program in 2019, thanks to a United States Department of Agriculture grant. The program allows the market to match up to $20 of Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) purchases with up to $20 in Fresh Bucks.
Fresh Bucks will begin to be distributed to all EBT customers starting this weekend. The program provides dollar for dollar matches for up to $20 per day, per shopper. Fresh Bucks currency can be spent with any local farmer at the market to purchase fruits, vegetables, herbs, mushrooms and plant starts.
Shoppers must first stop by the main office and swipe their EBT card to receive the EBT Market Tokens and additional Fresh Bucks voucher.
The Fresh Bucks program is a collaboration between the Olympia Farmers Market and the Washington State Department of Health. No change will be given from the Fresh Bucks redemption and Fresh Bucks cannot be redeemed for cash.
The Olympia Farmers Market will be open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through March. The market, which began in 1975, has more than 80 vendors from around the South Sound. It hosts approximately 400,000 visitors a year.