The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is urging low income residents who have Bridge Cards to consider doing some of their shopping at a local farmer’s market. Spokesperson Erica Quealy tells WSJM News many farmer’s markets take Bridge Cards and also take part in a program called Double Up Food Bucks.
“Say if a family were to spend $10 in their food assistance benefits, those participating farmer’s markets would allow them to receive an additional $10 in Double Up Food Bucks to buy more locally grown produce,” Quealy said.
Quealy tells us that locally grown produce is healthy and a good value. You can find a list of farmer’s markets around southwest Michigan right here. The farmer’s market in Benton Harbor does take part in Double Up Food Bucks.