The Uptown Farmers Market is bustling with local growers, volunteers, and customers each Wednesday and Saturday morning — and it’s also buzzing with Double Up Food Bucks customers and stories! We stopped by the Wednesday market to hear some of these stories, and, of course, double up on some of the fresh, local produce the farmers had to offer.
Jeanette, a SNAP customer at the Uptown Farmers Market, said she comes to the market as often as she can. With her family in tow, she stopped by the info booth to swipe her card and get her Double Up Food Bucks tokens.
“The program has helped us so much,” she said. “We use it because we’re vegan, and it really helps us to purchase more. We can now get a variety of stuff instead of having to limit ourselves.”
Jeanette said she doesn’t buy the pre-made food at the market, because she and her family love making fresh meals themselves.
“We wouldn’t be able to explore or eat half of the things we are able to now with the program,” she said. “We love all of the fresh vegetables, and we come on Wednesdays because there are less people and more options because it’s the middle of the week.”
Customers using SNAP/EBT (formerly food stamps) can add to their own Double Up Food Bucks story each week at the Uptown Farmers Market, and at any of the other participating markets across Arizona.
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