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  •  Y'know what does my bleeding liberal heart good? (16+ / 0-)

    Seeing the EBT signs at the farmer's market, promising $15 worth of produce for $10 worth of EBT.

    It's awesome because a) farmer's markets are fun and social, b) free samples! c) I want kids to eat fresh fruits and vegetables instead of thinking "green beans" are those slimy salty nasty things in the dusty expired can at the liquor store, and d) saves ME as a taxpayer a ton of money in health costs later in life because the child will be less likely to trend toward hypertension and/or diabetes with less salt/sugar in their daily diet. IOW, SNAP and its friends are win/win/win/win/fuckingWIN for everyone involved.

    So, naturally, the austeritards and the kid-hating poor-hating racists (oops, I meant the Pro-Life Republicans) cut that little bit of money that saves the government even more money. Logic.

    I guess there's some bomber that doesn't work ($1B/ea) that needs to get funded instead.

    Thank God, the Bob Fosse Kid is here! - Colin Mochrie

    by gardnerhill on Sun Nov 17, 2013 at 03:36:30 PM PST

    •  Some places have gotten businesses to sponsor (6+ / 0-)

      In Olmsted County, MN, "The 2013-2014 Market Bucks Program is supported by: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, a nonprofit independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association."

      But I think the Farmer's Market here went out of their way to FIND a sponsor for the program.

      Did you know: SNAP can be used to buy seed or plants that produce food. So if a recipient can spare a even a couple dollars early in the year, they can put something in their garden that will pay off later.

      On the whole, I prefer not to be lectured on patriotism by those who keep offshore maildrops in order to avoid paying their taxes. - Molly Ivins

      by Lashe on Sun Nov 17, 2013 at 05:09:03 PM PST

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    •  it's a lovely idea but need to burst bubble some (5+ / 0-)

      In my city we have that matching program. It's awesome to be able to buy fresh organic produce. However, farmer's markets are so astronomically expensive in my city  and maybe elsewhere that With the discount the prices end up being about what you'd pay in the supermarket, maybe a bit more.

      Shopping at farmer's markets otherwise is a very upper middle class thing to do here. Note that many people, I see think they are middle class that are actually upper middle class.

      I love being able to shop at FM's but it is no help at all expense wise. It is good for the soul though, and I like supporting local farmers and feeling I deserve to eat fresh vegetables like all those other people who can afford it.

    •  Farmer's Markets around here are too expensive. (3+ / 0-)

      I live 4 blocks from the Olympia Farmer's Market and can't even think about shopping there.  Farmer's Markets used to be a place where farmers and even backyard gardeners took their excess produce to sell during he summer.   They weren't craft fairs in fancy building and sheds.  Organics had not been invented.  Food was cheap.  Now it's all Organic and you have to be approved to sell.  You can't just show up when you have a bumper crop of Zucchini and Tomatoes to sell.  There are double the amount of crafts to food producers and the prices are double to triple commercially grown supermarket grade vegetables.  

      Of course you get what you pay for and I know the food is better and tastes better too but if you can afford to shop at the Olympia Farmer's market you don't need SNAP.  That's what most people don't seem to understand.  Even with a 3d. off I can still beat their prices with selective shopping.

      A bad idea isn't responsible for those who believe it. ---Stephen Cannell

      by YellerDog on Sun Nov 17, 2013 at 10:12:05 PM PST

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