April 10, 2023
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: Sue Beckwith
SueB (at) TexasLocalFood.org
ELGIN, TEXAS – The Texas Center for Local Food today announced this year’s “Fresh Look” partners – farmers markets in Texas that accept SNAP EBT, formerly known as “food stamps.” SNAP is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which provides food assistance to lower income households. The Texas Center for Local Food launched “A Fresh Look at Your Farmers Market” in 2021 to promote farmers markets that accept SNAP EBT.
“Farmers markets are a critical link in our Texas food system, and lower income families have access to fresh, local food — but too many don’t know it — yet!” says Sue Beckwith, Texas Center for Local Food Executive Director. According to 2020 statistics from the USDA, Texas was second in the nation for SNAP benefits issued, but ranked nearly last in the percentage of SNAP funds used at farms and farmers markets. “Our ‘Fresh Look’ project makes Texas-grown, farm fresh produce more accessible to families shopping with SNAP benefits and helps small Texas farmers and ranchers too,” Beckwith said.
The spring growing season offers a great opportunity for families to purchase locally-grown produce at their local farmers markets, like carrots and leafy greens. Families can use their Lone Star Card to buy any SNAP eligible foods including produce, eggs, meat, bread, and more!
These ‘Fresh Look’ partner farmers markets currently accept SNAP EBT, also known as Lone Star Cards. Farmers market hours are subject to change.
- SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown (Austin) Saturday 9am-1pm
- SFC Farmers’ Market at Sunset Valley (Austin) Saturday 9am-1pm
- Texas Farmers Market at Lakeline (Austin) Saturday 9am-1pm
- Texas Farmers Market at Mueller (Austin) Sunday 10am-2pm
- Waco Downtown Farmers Market (Waco) Saturday 9am-1pm
- Waco Bridge Street Farmers Market (Waco) Wednesday 5-8pm
- Beaumont Farmers Market (Beaumont) Saturday 8-11am
- Freedmen’s Town Farmers Market (Houston) Saturdays 10am-2pm
- Coppell Farmers Market (Coppell) Saturday 8am-12pm
- Cowtown Farmers Market (Fort Worth) Saturday 8am-12pm
- Denton Community Market (Denton) Saturday 9am-1pm
- For Oak Cliff Farmers Market (Dallas) First and third Saturday 9am-1pm (Opens May 6)
- Lakewood Village Farmers Market (Dallas) Sunday 9am-1pm
- Lake Worth Farmers Market (Lake Worth) First and third Saturday 8am-12pm (Beginning in June)
- Ledbetter Fresh Stop Farm Stand (Dallas) Tuesday 12pm-3pm
- Owenwood Fresh Stop Farm Stand (Dallas) Friday 9am-12pm
- Saginaw Farmers Market (Saginaw) Second and fourth Saturday 8am-12pm
- Spring Valley Fresh Stop Farm Stand (Dallas) Thursday 12pm-3pm
- White Rock Farmers Market (Dallas) Saturday 8am-12pm
- Brownsville Farmers Market (Brownsville) Saturday 9am-12pm
- Grow Local Farmers’ Market (Corpus Christi) Wednesday 5-8pm
- HOPE for Small Farm Sustainability (Harlingen) Monday, Thursday-Saturday 10am-6pm
- McAllen Farmers Market (McAllen) Saturday 10am-1pm
- Bodega Loya (El Paso) Friday and Sunday 12-5pm, Saturday 10am-5pm
The Texas Center for Local Food was created by small farmers and ranchers in 2016 to strengthen the economic viability of Texas communities and family farms through local food economic development. For more information, visit TexasLocalFood.org or contact Sue Beckwith at SueB@TexasLocalFood.org or 512-496-1244.
Data Points & Sources
- In FY 2020, Texas ranked second in the nation in total SNAP benefits issued at $6.3 billion, second only to California.
- SNAP $5 billion + Emergency Allotment $1.3 billion
- The $6.3 billion total includes regular SNAP issuance and additional emergency allotment COVID relief funds. Emergency allotments ended in March 2023 for all SNAP recipients in Texas.
- In FY 2020, Texas ranked 47th in SNAP redemption at farms and farmers markets as a percentage of total SNAP redemption for the state (.0030%).