8. Supporting Greater Food Security at Farmers Markets

Farmers markets provide both social and economic benefits to farmers and communities. Markets, in addition to CSAs, food hubs, and farm stands improve access to healthy local foods by providing regular opportunities for purchasing and interaction between farmers and local communities, as well as supporting a more equitable local food system through participation in food assistance programs like SNAP(Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – also known as QUEST in Alaska), Senior Nutrition, and WIC (Women Infants Children). Markets also can serve as a drop of point for food donations for food banks and pantries.


The Alaska Farmers Market Association has published an updated Food Access Toolkit: Local Food for Every Family: Cultivating healthier economies, customers, and communities through food access.


Timely information, tips, and templates to build your market organization