Fresh and Local for Everyone!
Many farmers markets in the Appalachian Grown region accept SNAP/EBT. Find a list, as well as information about market hours, locations, and vendors. Taking the bus? Find Asheville farmers markets that accept SNAP/EBT on the ART bus line.
How does SNAP at farmers markets work?
- Bring your SNAP/EBT card to the market information table.
- Swipe your card for the amount of money you want to spend.
- Receive that amount of money in market tokens to use on eligible products at individual farmer stands.
- Shop for fresh and healthy food while supporting local farmers!
- No cash back, but tokens do not expire.
Double your SNAP dollars!
Double SNAP program is a one-to-one match at participating farmers markets. For every dollar spent using SNAP/EBT, customers get twice that amount to buy food. ASAP expanded its Double SNAP program in 2020 to support eight farmers markets in the region:
- ASAP Farmers Market, Asheville, Saturdays, 9 a.m.–noon *
- East Asheville Tailgate Market, Fridays, 3–6 p.m.
- Enka-Candler Tailgate Market, Thursdays, 3–6 p.m.
- Hendersonville Farmers Market, Saturdays, 8 a.m.–1 p.m.
- Mills River Farmers Market, Saturdays, 8 a.m.–noon †
- North Asheville Tailgate Market, Saturdays, 8 a.m.–noon
- Transylvania Farmers Market, Brevard, Saturdays, 9 a.m.–noon *
- West Asheville Tailgate Market, Tuesdays, 3:30–6:30 p.m.
* in partnership with MountainWise
† in partnership with Henderson County Partnership for Health
In a survey of markets and shoppers, ASAP found that Double SNAP has dramatically increased SNAP customers and sales at farmers markets. The program provides vital access to fresh, healthy food during a challenging time, as well as brings in more income to local farmers and food businesses. Hear more about ASAP’s Double SNAP pilot and expansion on our Growing Local podcast. Read the impact report from the Local Food Research Center.
Want to support this program? Donate here.
The following markets also offer SNAP incentives. These programs can vary by market and may have caps or other restrictions. Check with individual markets to confirm details.
- Ashe County Farmers Market, West Jefferson, Saturdays, 8 a.m.–1 p.m.
- Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market, Waynesville, Saturdays 8 a.m.–noon
- Historic Marion Tailgate Market: Tuesdays, 3–6 p.m., Saturdays, 9 a.m.–noon
- Hub City Farmers Market, Spartanburg, Saturdays, 8 a.m.–noon
- Jackson County Farmers Market, Wednesdays, 3:30–6 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m.–noon
- Johnson City Farmers Market, Wednesdays and Saturdays, 7 a.m.–2 p.m.
- Jonesborough Farmers Market, Saturdays, 8 a.m.–noon
- King Street Market, Boone, Tuesdays, 4–7 p.m.
- Market Square Farmers’ Market, Knoxville: Wednesdays, 11 a.m.–2 p.m., Saturdays, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
- Mars Hill Farmers & Artisans Market, Saturdays, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
- New Harvest Farmers’ Market, Knoxville, Thursdays, 3–6 p.m.
- Rutherford County Farmers Market, Forest City, Saturdays, 8 a.m.–noon
- TD Saturday Market, Greenville, Saturdays, 8 a.m.–noon
- Watauga County Farmers Market, Boone, Saturdays, 8 a.m.–noon
What items are eligible to buy with SNAP?
- fruits and vegetables
- breads and cereals
- meats, fish, poultry
- dairy products
- seeds and plants that produce edible foods
Want to accept SNAP at your farmers market?
Find resources for improving your existing SNAP market program or starting a new program at your market.