By Francie Lin, GFN Writer-in-Residence I think everyone would rather forget the early pandemic days…
Grow Food Northampton’s Grow Food Shares is up and running! Below is more information on different programs available to you!
Individuals who identify as food insecure or wish to purchase locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables at affordable prices.
Grow Food Neighborhood Markets are affordable farm stands in 6 different locations which offer fresh fruits and vegetables at wholesale prices or the option to sign up for a reduced-price farm share. You can pay with SNAP, Cash, or Cards. To learn more or to sign up, click here. *Applications are available in both English and Spanish.
SNAP Match allows SNAP EBT card holders to match up to $10 a week in farm stand coins. (Examples: I purchase $1o using my SNAP EBT card, and will receive $2o total or I purchase $15 using my SNAP EBT card, and receive $25 in total.) HIP reimbursements are available. You can pay with SNAP, Cash, or Cards. To learn more, click here.
SNAP Shares is a reduced price on small or large farm shares when paying with SNAP at Crimson & Clover Farm. HIP reimbursements are available. To learn more, click here. To sign up directly, click here.
Grow Food Neighborhood Markets start July 10th and conclude in November. There are 6 locations throughout Northampton and Florence, for more information on the locations and times, please click here.
SNAP Match is available at Tuesday Market, which takes place every Tuesday (April – November) from 1:30 – 6:30, located downtown behind Thornes.
SNAP Shares have started (June) and will continue until October/November. The hours of operation are flexible. SNAP Shares are located at Crimson & Clover Farm, 209 Spring St, Florence.
Grow Food Shares is designed to provide Northampton residents access to locally grown, fresh fruits and vegetables where people live, work, and visit. These are our steps to understand and address deeper barriers that prevent people from eating healthy, past transportation and financial barriers.
Grow Food Neighborhood Markets is partnered with Crimson & Clover Farm as our main source for produce purchase, as well as River Valley Coop, which allows us to access their broad network of local suppliers at no additional markup. River Valley Coop is also the lead business sponsor for Neighborhood Markets. Their support – both financial and operational – makes this program possible. Additional support is provided by Cooley Dickinson Hospital, and the Whiting Street Fund from the City of Northampton.
SNAP Match at Tuesday Market is generously sponsored by Valley Solar and Valley Home Improvement.
SNAP Shares is supported by generous donations from Crimson & Clover shareholders and the Community Foundation of Western MA.