News

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.

Central Texas

East Texas

North Texas

South Texas

West Texas

  • 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%).
  1. https://fns-prod.azureedge.us/sites/default/files/resource-files/FY20-state-activity-report.pdf
  2. https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/
  3. https://www.fns.usda.gov/pd/supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-snap
  4. https://www.hhs.texas.gov/about-hhs/records-statistics/data-statistics/supplemental-nutritional-assistance-program-snap-statistics
  5. https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/redemptions-report-fy-2013-2020

10 de abril de 2023
PARA PUBLICACIÓN INMEDIATA 

Contacto con los medios: Jesús Reyes
Texas Mexico/Border Coalition, CBO
info (at) TM-BC.org

ELGIN, TEXAS – El Texas Center for Local Food anunció hoy a los socios del programa “Fresh Look” de este año: mercados de agricultores en Texas que aceptan SNAP EBT, anteriormente conocidos como “estampillas de alimentos”. SNAP es el Programa de asistencia nutricional suplementario, que brinda asistencia alimentaria a los hogares de bajos ingresos. El Texas Center for Local Food lanzó “Una nueva mirada a su mercado de agricultores” o “A Fresh Look at Your Farmers Market” en 2021 para promover los mercados de agricultores que aceptan SNAP EBT.

“Los mercados de agricultores son un vínculo fundamental en nuestro sistema alimentario de Texas, y las familias de bajos ingresos tienen acceso a alimentos locales frescos, ¡pero muchos aún no lo saben!” dice Sue Beckwith, Directora Ejecutiva del Texas Center for Local Food. Según las estadísticas de 2020 del USDA, Texas ocupó el segundo lugar en la nación por los beneficios de SNAP emitidos, pero ocupó el último lugar en el porcentaje de fondos de SNAP utilizados en granjas y mercados de agricultores. “Nuestro proyecto ‘Fresh Look’ hace que los productos agrícolas frescos cultivados en Texas sean más accesibles para las familias que compran con los beneficios de SNAP y también ayuda a los pequeños agricultores y ganaderos de Texas”, dijo Beckwith.

La temporada de cultivo de primavera ofrece una gran oportunidad para que las familias compren productos cultivados localmente en los mercados de agricultores locales, como zanahorias y otras verduras. ¡Las familias pueden usar su tarjeta Lone Star para comprar alimentos elegibles para SNAP como verduras, huevos, carne, pan y más!

Estos mercados de agricultores asociados a ‘Fresh Look’ actualmente aceptan SNAP EBT igual conocido como su tarjeta Lone Star. Los horarios del mercado de agricultores están sujetos a cambios.

Centro de Texas

Este de Texas

Norte de Texas

Sur de Texas

Oeste de Texas

  • Bodega Loya (El Paso) viernes y domingo 12-5pm, sábado 10am-5pm 

El Centro de Alimentos Locales de Texas fue creado por pequeños agricultores y ganaderos en 2016 para fortalecer la viabilidad económica de las comunidades y granjas familiares de Texas a través del desarrollo económico de alimentos locales. Para obtener más información, visite TexasLocalFood.org o comuníquese con Jesus Reyes a Info@TM-BC.org o 956-298-0708.

Puntos de datos y fuentes

  • En el año fiscal 2020, Texas ocupó el segundo lugar en la nación en el total de beneficios SNAP emitidos con $6.3 mil millones, solo superado por el estado de California.
    • SNAP $5 mil millones + Asignación de emergencia $1.3 mil millones
    • El total de $6.3 mil millones incluye la emisión regular de SNAP y fondos adicionales de ayuda de asignación de emergencia por COVID. Las asignaciones de emergencia terminaron en marzo de 2023 para todos los beneficiarios de SNAP en Texas.
  • En el año fiscal 2020, Texas ocupó el puesto 47 en el canje de SNAP en granjas y mercados de agricultores como porcentaje del canje total de SNAP para el estado (.0030 %).
  1. https://fns-prod.azureedge.us/sites/default/files/resource-files/FY20-state-activity-report.pdf
  2. https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/
  3. https://www.fns.usda.gov/pd/supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-snap
  4. https://www.hhs.texas.gov/about-hhs/records-statistics/data-statistics/supplemental-nutritional-assistance-program-snap-statistics
  5. https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/redemptions-report-fy-2013-2020

Our Farm-to-Kids students love learning how to prepare fresh Texas vegetables in new and exciting ways. We love supporting Texas Farmers Market and farms in the area (including Vermillion Farms, VRDNT, Hamilton Pools, Growtopia, Bouldin Creek Food Forest)  to get fresh food into our classrooms. Two highlights this spring have been Simple Carrot Salad and Rainbow Spring Rolls. Find recipes for these student favorites below! 

It’s been an exciting month at TCLF! We’re delighted to share that Grow Local Farmers Market, a Fresh Look partner in Corpus Christi, is officially launching SNAP acceptance on Wednesday, March 1, 2023!

The Grow Local Farmers Market is a project of Grow Local South Texas, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the community’s quality of life, vitality, and exemplifying healthy living. By accepting SNAP at the farmers market, they are increasing access to healthy local food for all families in their community.

In addition, shoppers who use SNAP at Grow Local Farmers Market will receive up to $20 in matching funds to spend on SNAP-eligible foods, while funds last. Funding for this program is provided by Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc.

Grow Local Farmers Market is open every Wednesday from 5:00-8:00 PM at the Art Center of Corpus Christi (100 N. Shoreline Boulevard, Corpus Christi, TX 78401).

Read more about Grow Local Farmers Market’s work in this article from KZTV10, or watch a report from KIIITV3 News.

Interested in accepting SNAP at your farmers market? Contact the Fresh Look team here, and we’ll be in touch.

TCLF is a proud sponsor of the TOFGA 2023 Conference on January 29th – 31st in Mesquite, TX!

We are hosting the News Media Training with Green Gate Farms as a FREE pre-conference workshop on Sunday, January 29th from 1:00pm – 4:00pm. Register here.

We are also hosting the very first Farmers Market Manager Track on Monday, January 30th with a session on How to Create a Welcoming Farmers Market for SNAP Shoppers, a mini-keynote presentation from the Farmers Market Coalition, and a session on Accepting SNAP at Your Farmers Market. TCLF is committed to creating market opportunities for local food producers and by inviting and integrating farmers market staff at the Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association.

Registration is open until the Monday, January 30th

Our Fall session of Farm-to-Kids has come to a close, and we’d like to share with you how it went!

Lesson Highlights

Farm-to-Kids students continued a hands-on learning exploration of local food through several cooking activities this fall. Some class favorites included making Rainbow Veggie Spring Rolls and Local Honey Seed Snacks. Students also participated in the Great Apple Taste Test where we used the 5 senses to understand differences among varieties of a familiar fruit. We are happy to have had the opportunity to source our lesson ingredients from several local farms and farmers markets.

Farm Tour

To celebrate the season, Evergreen Farms hosted our ACE students and families for a “Pumpkin Hunt” in October. Students and their families got to play games and take home pumpkins from the farm while enjoying a beautiful fall day in Elgin.

Student Feedback

This teaching session we issued a student survey at the end of our 6 weeks of programming together. We were delighted to hear that students across grade levels learned more about their food, gained cooking skills and (most importantly!) had fun in our classes. We are looking forward to more Farm-to-Kids fun in 2023!

We are absolutely delighted with the response to our new online training system, TXFED.org. That’s the TeXas Food Education and Discovery network! This fabulous program is funded by USDA Agricultural Marketing Services to support direct sales by farmers at farmers markets and other direct sales outlets. We also have classes on How To Create a Welcoming Farmers Market for SNAP Shoppers which is a bit hit across the nation! This is just the beginning of a new way of learning together – and we’re off to a great start.

Fall is here, which means we are back in the classroom with our Farm-to-Kids students! This year we have even more hands-on fun planned with our Elgin ISD students.


Every time we meet a new group of students, our first lesson revolves around seeds. We learn about what they need to grow, how seeds contain all the information to turn into a new plant, and that some seeds are delicious to eat! This week, we learned about the plant life cycle through an interpretive dance activity and played the Seed Match Mystery Game, where students discovered which seeds grow into which vegetables. Then, we end class with making a dish that contains several types of seeds: Bean Confetti! Students are always excited to learn that black beans and sweet corn are two different types of seeds! This week’s bean confetti featured cilantro grown by Margaret’s Farm that we got from the SFC Farmers Market.

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Working and collaborating with different farmers markets across Texas and meeting different people means that we get to witness the amount of passion and resilience that fills our communities. We take a holistic approach to our work to support farmers markets. Our work emcompasses building relationships with farmers market organizers, connecting with vendors on our market visits, and learning a shopper’s perspective. As a Farmers Market Specialist, this is a very special part of my role.
Vendor and shopper having a good time at the Brownsville Farmers Market during one of our visits.
The program “A Fresh Look at Your Farmers Market” collaborates with a group of amazing individuals that are doing work to fortify our food systems. As our program grows so do our connections with different folks, and the insight that we get to learn from each Farmers Market is abundant. We also get to see the amazing outcomes of our collective work that always bring us joy. Every success that we have as “A Fresh Look at Your Farmers Market,” is a reflection of the collective hard work of our TCLF team, partnering farmers markets and organizations we collaborate with.
At TCLF, we value these connections and want to continue to uplift them. In light of Farmers Market week, we want to express our gratitude and celebrate every single farmer, farmers market organizer, volunteer, and all organizations that are working very hard to nourish our food system.