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What's Happening at the Market - Thursday, July 4th Edition



Thursday, July 4th, 2024

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Evergreen Rotary Park, 1400 Park Ave, Bremerton WA

 



Music at the Market

The Concert Truck is a mobile music venue that aims to build stronger communities by transforming the concert atmosphere and ensuring that live music is within reach of all. This renovated 16-foot box truck serves as a fully equipped portable concert hall, featuring lighting, a sound system, and a piano. The Concert Truck has hosted performances nationwide in urban areas, music and arts festivals, schools, neighborhoods, parks, and now at our local farmers market!


We invite you to join us next Thursday, July 11th, from 5pm to 6pm, for a unique classical music experience. Remember to bring your blankets and lawn chairs, and arrive early at the park to secure a spot on the grass. We extend our gratitude to the Bremerton Parks Department, Admiral Theater, and Kiwanis Club of Bremerton for making this event possible at the Bremerton Community Farmers Market.



 


Kids Market Bucks Club

We are buzzing with excitement for our Kids Market Bucks Club on Thursday, July 11th! We will have the West Sound Beekeepers Association attending with their beehive! Kids aged 3 to 12 years old can visit the kids tent to see the bees, complete an activity, get their passport stamped, and earn market bucks to spend on fruits and veggies! Don't miss the fun next week at the market!


 



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.


 




 


WIC & Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program

The Farmers Market Nutrition Program for Seniors and WIC participants started on June 1st. Please bring your electronic benefits card to purchase items from eligible farmers. If you require assistance or have questions, visit the Market Info Booth. Our team is eager to clarify details about the program and the usage of your benefits. Your card will be activated in groups by the funding agency, so there's no need for individual activation. For balance inquiries and to check if your card is active, download the designated app.


If you're yet to enroll, applications are available at the Market Info Booth. Completed forms must be sent to Meals on Wheels for approval and cards will be distributed through the mail. Remember, funding operates on a first-come, first-served basis and is valid until October 31, 2024.


 


Volunteering at the Market

You can make a difference in your community! We are seeking volunteers to assist the market managers with the setup and takedown of the Bremerton Community Farmers Market. Setup begins at 1:30 pm and involves transporting items from onsite storage to the market area, erecting the information booth, music, and other event tents, and arranging chairs, tables, and signs. Takedown commences at 7 pm and consists of returning all items to onsite storage. Help us make the market a great place for the community. Please inform us if you require any accommodations.


Remember, many hands make light work! Sign-up today or email the assistant manager for any questions.


 

Parking at the Market

We kindly ask you to be considerate neighbors by parking only in designated areas. Please do not park in front of C.J.'s Evergreen General Store. That is 30-minute parking for customers of the store. 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!


 



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:



 

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.


 


 

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.



 



WIC & Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program

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


 



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