I think a lot of folks are definitely familiar with the farmer's market that happens on Sundays in the parking lot across the street from the Bangor Public Library, but today for the first time, I heard about another local mid-week event on Ohio Street, aptly named, the Ohio Street Farmer's Market!

Opening day is this Wednesday from 2:00p.m. - 6:00p.m. and they're kicking off their ninth season with a small handful of vendors, that will likely grow as the season goes on. Starting this week on the 22nd, and going through October 30th, folks will be able to get their hands on all sorts of locally sourced/produced products.

Folks who receive EBT/SNAP benefits, can use them at the Farmer's Market, and it will count towards Harvest Bucks, a program sponsored by the state that basically matches whatever money you spend. According to MaineHarvestBucks.org....

They are known as “Nutrition Incentives,” and increase the value of federal nutrition assistance dollars from programs like SNAP/EBT when they are spent at participating markets. This allows MHB users to get extra healthy, wholesome foods at no extra cost while helping local farmers grow their businesses.

So basically, if you're at a participating farmer's market, for every SNAP dollar you spend, your money is matched by Harvest Bucks. So you double your money. Or look at it as like 50% off your entire order. Either way, it's a sweet deal for the consumer, and promotes nutrition.

Maybe we'll see you there Wednesday! Or at any of the other awesome local farmer's markets in Bangor, Brewer, and Orono. We'll all get healthy yet!

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