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Downtown Sees Results from National Farmers’ Market Week

Post Date:08/20/2019 8:56 AM

On Saturday, August 10th the Downtown Bloomington Farmers’ Market celebrated National Farmers’ Market Week with a special Link Match program, including a family and budget-friendly cooking demo sponsored by the Bloomington Public Library. To commemorate the Farmers’ Market 10th Anniversary of accepting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), known as LINK in the State of Illinois, the Farmers’ Market gave out coupons that could be used on fresh fruits and vegetables with purchases made on a LINK card.

As a result of this promotion, customers spent $1,190 in LINK and the Downtown Bloomington Farmers’ Market was able to provide coupons for an additional $2,194.  The Market also recorded 25 new LINK card customers at the Farmers’ Market on Saturday. Since 2009, $86,426 has been redeemed by Farmers’ Market vendors between LINK and the LINK match program.

The market received grant funding from LINK UP Illinois, a program of the Experimental Station, to match LINK card purchases up to $25 per market. Thanks to an additional grant from Green Top Grocery’s Round Up Program, the market was able to provide a second match on LINK card purchases.

Customers have until the Indoor Farmers’ Market on December 21, 2019 to use their match coupons on fresh fruits and vegetables. For more information contact Catherine Dunlap (309) 434-2293 or


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