Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (commonly known as SNAP or food stamps) is a federal nutrition program that can be used to purchase eligible food items . Visit HERE for a full explanation of how SNAP works at our market — you’ll be glad you did!
The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) is designed to provide low-income seniors with access to locally grown fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Those who are eligible are provided coupons to redeem fresh fruits and vegetables at participating farmers’ markets and farm stands. The program’s purpose is to promote improved nutrition through increased consumption of locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables and expand sales at famers’ markets and farm stands.
Roe Jan Food Pantry
While we do not collect at the market for the Roe Jan Food Pantry, you are still able to support them by monetary donations or volunteering.
The need is great; please be generous if you are able.
Hillsdale Blessing Box
Individuals have created, and support, a “Blessing Box” in the parking lot of the Methodist Church at the intersection of 22/23. This effort is not related to the Church or to the Food Pantry, it is entirely community-driven.
How it works: any time of day, you may drop off food or toiletries (depending on the weather, you can leave perishable food — check the temps.) If you are someone who needs nutritious food, you may come by anytime and take what you or your family needs.
The Blessing Box also maintains a dedicated account at the IGA Supermarket — you can go to the front desk and ask to place funds in that account, or call IGA at 518-325-4341 to give a credit card over the phone.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
Joining a CSA has become a popular way to purchase local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. A farmer offers a “share” consisting of vegetables and/or other farm products available weekly throughout the season. This arrangement benefits both the farmer and consumer and is a great way to support our local food system.
Some of our vendors offer CSAs. Check with each farm for specific information.
Hawk Dance Farm http://www.hawkdancefarm.com
Common Hands Farm http://www.commonhandscsa.com