Truro Educational Farmers’ Market
CAPE COD Mondays: June 13 – Aug. 29, 2016 8am – 12pm
Join us on September 4 for The Truro Ag Fair!
Truro Educational Farmers’ Market, 20 Truro Center Road (next to the Post Office). Rain or Shine.
What: You’ll find our outdoor market on the banks of the Pamet River in Truro Center. We offer fresh-picked fruits and vegetables, eggs, lobsters, humanely-raised pork / poultry / beef, breads & baked treats, chai & coffee, wine, mushrooms, honey, plants and flowers – all sold by a great group of people. We’ve organized community-led education & art tables, music and a beautiful spot for Cape Codders to sell food they’ve grown, raised, caught or made in Barnstable County. Please join us!
Nutrition Incentives Accepted: Doubling SNAP purchases up to 10$/week. Doubling WIC & Senior Discount Coupons up to $10/week. Fresh Kid’s Awards from Truro Central School’s Farmer-in-the-School Program.
Vendors:T o apply as a Barnstable County vendor, click here.
Where: Veterans Memorial Park, 20 Truro Center Road, Truro (across from 3 Harbors Real Estate and next to the Post Office).
When: MONDAYS June 13 – August 29, 8am-12pm. Plus Truro Ag Fair on Sept. 4
Directions: Route 6 to Pamet Roads / Truro Center exit. See a map.
Parking: IMPORTANT: Please park in the lot across from the Cobb library or on one side of the access roads into the center of town. Please do not park in the Jams/Post Office lots as they would understandably like to reserve their lot for their patrons and deliveries. We urge you to respect their wishes as it will go a long way to ensuring the future of the Truro Educational Farmers’ Market and positive, supportive neighbors. We appreciate your cooperation — Thank you!
In the New York Times: Mark Bittman’s Op-Ed “Farmers’ Market Values” gives a shout out to Sustainable CAPE’s Truro Farmers’ Market, New York City’s Greenmarket, and Metro DC’s FreshFarm Markets. Seeing the value in tiny Truro!
Local Food for All… SNAP, WIC, Senior Discount & Fresh Kids Coupons
Eligible Programs: Vendors in the Truro Educational Farmers’ Market accept SNAP, WIC, Senior Discount and Fresh Kids coupons. In 2013 we received a USDA grant for an EBT machine that to accept both SNAP and credit cards. Vendors who accept these forms of payment display signs on their stall. Our market connects and benefits every socio-economic level, striving to make local food accessible for all.
Doubling SNAP Benefits: We double SNAP benefits in $2.50 increments, adding up to $10 for fresh food purchases. In other words, a $10 SNAP debit will yield $20 in tokens to be used at the market. We run this program for as long as our funds last. The same EBT machine and tokens are used for SNAP, credit cards and Fresh Kids Coupons, assuring anonymity. No change is given for tokens at vendor booths. For more SNAP info, including eligibility information, click here.
Fresh Kids Coupons: We give every child who has completed a season’s work (growing food for snacks and the school lunch through our Farmer-in-the-School Program) an award: a voucher good for $10 worth of free fresh food at the Truro Educational Farmers Market. We advertise our SNAP doubling program on the back of the voucher, thereby directly reaching families with young children. What could be better than more kids eating more great local food?!
We have purposefully created a market that encourages everyone to shop locally in exactly the same way.
Learn & Participate!
Education Boards: The Truro Educational Farmers’ Market is committed to educating customers as they move through the market and purchase local food. We create Ed Boards with children in our 4-H after-school classes. The Ed Boards teach customers about both the farmer or producer as well as a “sustainability fact” that pertains to the vendor’s food. Through education, each of us can learn how to care for and participate in our local food system and the health of our bodies, community and environment.
Budding Entrepreneur Program: The modern day version of a lemonade stand, we encourage children to join us in selling their backyard harvest at market rates. Fresh Mint and Old Wharf Farm are two of the tables at the market run entirely by budding entrepreneurs still in elementary school. Gross and net profits, marketing, signage and educating customers are several of the many lessons learned. We encourage any child who has less than $125 in sales per day to join us by offering a discounted vendor fee.
Volunteers: The Truro Educational Farmers’ Market actively seeks committed volunteers for a variety of positions starting at 1/2 hour per week. We schedule help with signage (putting up and taking down), set-up of the market, breakdown, postering, marketing and shifts behind the Sustainable CAPE market table. To become a part of a wonderful group of committed volunteers throughout the summer and into September, please contact us.
The Truro Farmers’ Market mission is to educate the consumer about the many benefits of local food to our health and the environment. Direct access to Barnstable County’s local harvest and harvesters will enhance and enrich the community by offering community-led education as well as a venue to sell products grown, raised, caught, or produced on Cape Cod by participating vendors. The Truro Farmers’ Market (TFM) connects and benefits every socio-economic level, striving to be accessible to all.