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What's Happening at the Market - May 30th Edition
























Thursday, May 30, 2024

4:00PM - 7:00PM

Evergreen Rotary Park, 1400 Park Ave, Bremerton WA



 


Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program SFMNP

The SFMNP starts June 1st. If you haven't signed up yet, pick up an application at the Market Info Booth. The applications need to be mailed to Wheels on Meals for approval and will be issued via the mail. Funding is first come, first served and can be used through October 31, 2024.



 


Vendors This Week: Download Vendor Map Here

Farmers


Produce Resellers


Artisans/Crafters


Prepared & Processed Food


Community/Sponsor Booths



 




Music at the Market

This week's featured performer at the market is a crowd-pleaser! Stephanie, a versatile singer-songwriter, will be showcasing a diverse array of music spanning various genres and eras. Her repertoire includes everything from country to blues, pop to folk, along with her original compositions. Pick up a meal from one of the prepared food vendors and savor your dinner accompanied by some fantastic music. Or sing along with Stephanie as you shop. Either way, Music at the Market is sure to enhance your market experience!


Warm thanks are extended to Bremerton Office Machine Company for their continued sponsorship of Music at the Market in 2024! Consider showing your support by visiting their store located at 245 4th Street, Suite 503, in Downtown Bremerton. A vintage typewriter may be in your future!



 



NEW Farmers Market Tour

The Bremerton Community Farmers Market is excited to announce a new behind-the-scenes tour with the Market Manager. On the last Thursday of each month, Suzanne, will lead interested customers on a tour to acquaint you with our vendors, discuss various activities, and provide education on market operations. The first tour is THIS WEEK, May 30th, and the topic will be "Farmers Market Currencies and Food Access Programs." Have you ever been confused about the different tokens, pieces of paper, and cards that can be used at the market? This is your chance to learn all about SNAP, SNAP MM, WIC FMNP, WIC CVB, SFMNP, Sun Bucks, and Gift Certificates...did I leave anything out? During the tour you will get an opportunity to meet our farmers and produce reseller. You'll also get to meet the dedicated volunteers and staff who operate the market weekly. To join the tour, please meet at the Market Info Booth by 4:55pm. The tour will start at 5:00pm. Please join Suzanne for this 30-minute tour!





 




Do You Love the Market? Let Everyone Know!

Businesses, including farmers markets, rely on reviews from the community to get feedback from customers. It also helps businesses get found easier online, builds trust with consumers, and facilitates word-of-mouth advertising. But more importantly, reviews help businesses know what they are doing well and what needs improvement. The Bremerton Community Farmers Market invites you to leave a review on any of the following platforms:




 




 


SUN BUCKS Summer Meal Program

Great news! Eligible school-age children in Washington State can get Sun Bucks - $120 per child in grocery benefits during the summer. This is in addition to existing program such as SNAP, summer meal programs, and Women, Infants and Children. Together, these benefits help fuel children during the summer months when school is out. And even better, these benefits can be used at farmers markets! Bring you card to the Market Info booth and use it to purchase EBT $1 market tokens. SUN Bucks is eligible for the SNAP Market Match program and will be matched up to $25. These benefits will be available in mid-June.





 

Eat Dinner at the Market!

Enhance your farmers market visit by enjoying dinner at the park. Explore the variety of scrumptious foods offered by our vendors. Stop by the following stalls for a tasty snack or a satisfying meal:




 


Market Tokens Are Money!

Still holding on to market tokens from last year? Or perhaps from five or even ten years ago? Market tokens retain their value and remain valid over the years. Remember to take them to the market and use them—that's the reason you acquired them, after all. You might just discover a little treasure hidden in your home; all it takes is a search.



 




Parking at the Market

We kindly ask you to be considerate neighbors by parking only in designated areas. Kitsap Community Resources has graciously made their parking lot available after 4:30 PM, located just one block away. Note that the boating area has only five designated parking spots. Vehicles parked outside these areas may be ticketed. We appreciate your cooperation!



 




The WIC & Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program is Arriving Soon!

The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) provides nutritional aid to seniors 60 years and older who fulfill the income eligibility criteria. This funding will be provided via an electronic benefits card that is accepted at participating farmers markets. For 2024, there's good news: eligible seniors may receive up to $80 to spend on vegetables, fruits, and honey! Remember, the program is available on a first-come, first-served basis and will run until all the funding is distributed. Applications must be mailed in and are available now at the Market Info Booth.


The WIC Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) offers benefits to both WIC participants and farmers. Each WIC participant receives $30 ($90 maximum per family) to buy approved fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs from authorized farmers at farmers markets and farm stands. Inquire about this program at your local Women, Infants, and Children office. Eligible WIC participants receive FMNP benefits on an electronic benefits card, alongside their standard WIC benefits.


WIC Cash Value Benefits (CVB)

Participants in the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program are able to utilize their Cash Value Benefits (CVBs) at farmers markets throughout the year to buy fresh, locally sourced fruits and vegetables. These funds are pre-loaded onto an electronic benefits card, ready for use at participating farm booths. The direct engagement between WIC recipients and local farmers not only provides access to nutritious food but also builds community ties and a connection to the origin of their food. By spending WIC CVBs at farmers markets, participants support themselves and their families with healthy choices, bolster local farming, and encourage community-wide healthy eating practices.



 




SNAP Market Match

How to use SNAP Market Match at the market:

  1. Come to our Information Booth and tell us you’d like to SNAP Market Match.

  2. Swipe your EBT card for the amount you want to spend.

  3. SNAP Market Match will match up to $25/day/card.*

*The new SUN Bucks cards are also eligible for SNAP Market Match.


You can use your SNAP Market Match bucks on all of the following items:

  • Fresh vegetables

  • Fresh fruits

  • Mushrooms

  • Fresh herbs

  • Seeds and plants that produce food (for example, tomato seeds or tomato plants)


All of our farm vendors and produce resellers accept SNAP Market Match for qualifying items!



 




Become a VOLUNTEER!

Contribute to making the Market even more incredible! Share your talents—both intellectual and physical —and enjoy a fulfilling experience. To apply, please visit our website: Help Us Grow | Bremerton Community Farmers Market | Bremerton



 




Kitsap Harvest Grow-A-Row

Kitsap Harvest is once again gathering produce, with the aid of volunteers, to distribute throughout Kitsap County to those facing hunger and food insecurity. This community-driven organization is addressing hunger and reducing food waste by harvesting fruit trees and accepting produce donations from individual gardeners and community plots. The collected food is then delivered to various local organizations, including senior centers, recovery centers, and services for homeless youth and veterans.


If you wish to contribute produce, you can find a donation station at the Bremerton Community Farmers Market and other locations across the county. To keep informed about Kitsap Harvest activities, sign up for their newsletter. For any inquiries, please contact info@kitsapharvest.org.


 

 











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