Kentucky’s Farmers Markets Grow "Double Dollars" Program
The “Double Dollars” program offered through several farmers’ markets across Kentucky is growing. Word of the expansion came during Tuesday’s celebration of Kentucky Farmers Market Week in Frankfort.
“Double Dollars” allows families receiving government nutritional assistance to double their spending power up to ten dollars daily by shopping at certain farmers markets. The program began in 20-14 with private backing at six markets.
Community Farm Alliance Director Martin Richards says this season there are 25 locations. “It benefits Kentucky farmers. It puts more money in their pocket, increased sales. But, then it also provides access to fresher more nutritious food to some of our most vulnerable populations,” said Richards.
The expansion comes about through 78 thousand dollars in funds from the state’s Agricultural Development Board. Richards says farmers markets in local communities also help with a cost sharing program.
The 25 participating farmers markets include those in communities like Lexington, Louisville, Bowling Green, Richmond, and Berea.