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Local Farms Stands That Accept Food Stamps (Eugene, Oregon)
Farmer's Market seems to be the obvious choice, but I find it to be incredibly overwhelming. The prices are out of control and the place is always just swarming with people. There is so much going on, it's really hard to fin the best deal. It's a great service that they accept Food Stamps, but then you're carrying around all those wooden $1 coins, which are a pain to pay with and did you know the sellers are not allowed to give you change for them? That can be a real waste of money!
Most grocery stores don't sell local produce, or it's priced outrageously too. There are a couple local CSAs that accept food stamps as well, you can read about them at Willamette Farm & Food Coalition, but you don't get to choose what you want and there's no u-pick option. For me, I personally don't agree with most CSA models. There is a solution!
We've found that our best choice for getting local fruits and veggies and supporting local farmers is to find a farmstand that we can go to weekly. It's not overwhelming, the choices of what are in season are right in front of you and the prices are generally lower, since you drove out to them. Many also offer u-picking opportunities which is a great learning experience for the kids and lowers the price even more!
Here are some local farms that do take the EBT food card out at their farm stand. I am listing their names, addresses, website and phone number, but please call or check out their website for days and hours as those may change throughout the season.
These are not certified organic, but they do use organic and/or byodynamic and sustainable farming methods. Contact each farm directly or check out the WFFC database for more information.
30946 Wyatt Drive, Harrisburg, OR
91455 River Road Junction City OR 97448
88088 Millican Road, Springfield , OR 97478
Lone Pine Farms
541 688 4389
91909 River Rd Junction City, OR 97448
Also, this farm stand I will check back with at the end of July- they said in the next month or so they hoped to be accepting EBT cards:
River Bend Farm & Pleasant Hill Orchard
35027 Fremont Avenue, Eugene, OR 97405
Do you know of a farmstand that accepts EBT in the Eugene/Springfield area? Are you a farm that does accept food stamps at your farmstand? I'll list you up above- just shoot me an email at chrissy AT herbngrowth DOT com
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