Users of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program can now use those dollars at Heirloom Farmers Markets, including the one at Green Valley Village on Wednesdays.
The same farmers markets also now accept Double Up Food Bucks, which allow SNAP customers to double their money on the purchase of Arizona-grown produce up to $20 per day.
In the past, those who made use of SNAP dollars — commonly called food stamps — could only use the program to buy food and produce from grocery or convenience stores or other sites registered with the SNAP program.
The goal of the program is to make healthy food more accessible to SNAP users, according to Zoë Anderson, Director of Advancement at Heirlooms Farmers Markets, which runs the Green Valley farmers market.
Anderson said allowing SNAP dollars at farmers market follows a national trend.