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Local Farmer’s Market Helps Those On Food Stamps Stretch Their Budget

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The Forsyth Farmer's Market has teamed up with Wholesome Wave Georgia to help those on food stamps stretch their budgets.

The money you use on your EBT/SNAP card, formerly known as Food Stamps, will be doubled at the Forsyth Farmer's Market.  

"I can come here and they will run my food stamp card if they run it for $10 they give me $20 worth of tokens," said Margaret Standard.

Doubling the amount of money Margaret Standard can spend on fresh produce comes at no extra cost.

"Oh there are some three dollar pecans, technically only cost me a $1.50," said Standard.

The money used to double the tokens not only benefits those who are on food stamps but also creates more money to go around to the local vendors.

"2012 was our best year for snap benefits we doubled $22,000 in SNAP benefits which means $44,000 went into the bellies of our neighbors and $44,000 went into the pockets of our farmers," said the Forsyth Farmer's Market Coordinator, Teri Schell.

"The price that a farmer gets when you sell through a distributor is just cut drastically so to have this farmers market to come to and sell direct to the local people is just wonderful," said Berry Farms vendor, Stacy Berry.

Stacy Berry, an organic farmer, said allowing food stamp holders to get more produce for their buck will help everyone achieve a healthier lifestyle.

"It's cheaper to buy bad food and so this little incentive to buy good food for the families is just a win, win for everybody for the farmer for the family for the local economy and everybody," said Berry.

If you're interested in checking out the Forsyth Farmer's Market it's open every Saturday until December 28th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  You can find it at the south end of Forsyth Park at Bull Street and Park Avenue.

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