Food Benefits Programs

Benefits Programs

Make your money grow when you use your food benefits at the Beacon Farmers’ Market! Customers can use their SNAP benefits to shop for any SNAP-eligible item at ALL vendors at the farmers’ market – and receive an extra bonus, as well!

Don’t use SNAP? If you are using WIC or FMNP checks, the farmers’ market offers an extra bonus available to you too – read more about the Greens for Greens program below.


How the SNAP token system works: stop by the market manager’s tent during market hours, and swipe your SNAP card for whatever amount you choose. The market manager will provide you with $1 tokens in your chosen amount, and you can spend the tokens on groceries at any vendor. Vendors with eligible products will have SNAP signs hanging at their tents.

EXTRA, EXTRA! Whenever you use your SNAP benefits at the farmers’ market, you get an extra bonus! For every $5 you spend through SNAP, you will receive a $2 Fresh Connect check to add to the money you can spend at the market. Any vendor that accepts SNAP will also accept these checks.

Greens for Greens

Greens for Greens is a program that only exists in Beacon. It was started by the Green Teens, and was expanded in 2016 to the Beacon Farmers’ Market.

How Greens for Greens works:

When you spend $4.00 using your WIC or FMNP benefits you will receive a $4.00 coupon that can be used to purchase any fresh fruits and vegetables at the market or the Common Greens Mobile Market.

SNAP purchases made at the Common Greens Mobile Market are also eligible for this double up program.

Be sure to visit the market manager tent for more info!

Now distributed and accepted at the following Beacon locations:

Wednesdays, July – September
Community Health Center (6 Henry St), 11am-12:30pm
Forrestal Heights Senior Friendship Center (Parking Lot 2), 1-2pm

Sundays, June – November, 10am-3pm, Veterans Place between Main & Henry St, next to the Post Office

Common Ground Farm, Starling Yards, Fishkill Farm, Wright’s Farm

CCEDC Green Teen & Common Ground Farm with generous support from United Way, Poppy’s, Obercreek Farm, Homespun Foods, Fishkill Farms and, Hudson River Healthcare.