We make it easy to shop for local foods
Paying with Cash
Please be kind to vendors by bringing smaller bills and change when you visit the market. You can pay the vendors directly with cash; there is no need to stop at the Information Booth unless you have other questions!
Using Credit or Debit
PFM also offers credit/debit tokens. These tokens are green and have a $1 or $5 value. The tokens may be purchased at the Information Booth and can be used at all booths to purchase ANY items, including crafts. Tokens allow you to keep shopping even if you run out of cash or are purchasing from a vendor that does not accept credit cards.
- Tokens are available in $1 and $5 increments at the Information Booth.
- Spend tokens like cash at all vendor booths (yes, you get cash back if you need change from the vendor).
- There is a $1 transaction fee (if you buy one $5 token, your credit card will be charged $6; if you buy five $5 tokens, your card will be charged $26). There is no charge for transactions over $100.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (formerly known as “food stamps”) tokens are available at the Information Booth. Market staff will swipe your EBT card for any amount you want and give you $1 tokens. SNAP tokens are blue and can only be used to purchase cold food. Ask Market staff if you have questions about what items you can or cannot purchase. Vendors are not able to give change on SNAP purchases, so consider bringing pocket change.
Learn more about SNAP assistance.
DOUBLE UP FOOD BUCKS ARIZONA
Double Up Food Bucks Arizona (SILVER) tokens are available at the Information Booth. After you swipe your EBT card, market staff will provide a $1 for $1 match for your SNAP dollars at the market. For example, if a family spends $30 in SNAP dollars at the market, they receive an additional $30 in Double Up tokens to spend on fresh Arizona-grown fruits and vegetables. Families can bring home $60 worth of healthy food for $30. The Double Up limit used to be $20, but is now unlimited until further notice.
Double Up tokens are silver and can only be used to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables. Ask market staff if you have questions about what you can or cannot purchase. Vendors are not able to give change on Double Up token purchases, so consider bringing pocket change.
Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) Coupons
PFM is proud to be an approved farmers market for the Arizona Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) which provides low-income seniors with $100, and new mothers and every eligible household member with $80, worth of farmers market coupons to buy Arizona-grown fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Each coupon booklet contains increments of $5 coupons. Participants can pick up coupons once per year at the PFM Information Booth.
Important 2023 Season Dates:
- First day to pick up and use coupons at PFM: February 4, 2023
- Last day to pick up coupons at PFM: September 30, 2023
- Last day to spend coupons at PFM: November 11, 2023
In order to use FMNP coupons appropriately, look for the signs below at participating farmer booths. The following farmers can accept these coupons:
- Aguiar Farm
- Bloomin’ Food
- Blooming Reed Farm
- Growing Vertical Urban Farm
- Heidi Lane Farm
- Hernandez Farm
- Love’s Gathering Farm
- Maxwell Gardens
- Mina’s Farm
- Reyes Farm
- Sanchez Date Farm
- Schaffer Farms
- Sun Valley Harvest
- Super Natural Sprouts
- Urban Orchards and Farming
- Whipstone Farm
Feed Your Neighbors Program (FYN) Food Vouchers
With charitable donations and community partner funding, Prescott Farmers Market provides Feed Your Neighbors (FYN) vouchers to be used towards purchasing food staples of vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, herbs, eggs, bread, and meat from our vendors. Participants can pick up their allotted food vouchers at the PFM Information Booth. Coupons are in $5 increments and vendors are not able to give change on FYN voucher purchases, so consider bringing pocket change or ask vendors how to maximize your purchase.
Once You’re Done Shopping
Go straight home
Fresh produce will wilt in a hot car, so take it home before running other errands. Or, bring an ice chest or insuated bag to keep the produce cool and crisp.
do some prep work
Do yourself a favor and prep your produce now for later use. Check out this video on Kitchen Tips for Seasonal Produce Prep.
Store produce to last
You’ll want to store your #pfmloot so that everything stays fresh and food safe. Keep green produce in plastic bags in the refrigerator and always keep tomatoes, garlic, potatoes, and onions at room temperature. Cut the tops from your root vegetables and store them as greens or compost them. Ask the farmers the best way to store or prepare the items you’ve bought or watch this video on how to safely store perishable items in the refrigerator.
Check when the market opens
The Prescott Farmers Market is open Saturdays, 7:30am to 12:00pm April through October and 9:30am to 1:00pm November through March. Remember, you’ll find the best selection early in the day.
Bring your own bag or basket
Buy a PFM bag at the Information Booth; we offer a few different styles. Or stop by our Sustainability Booth and borrow a reuaseable tote or produce bag. You can also ask vendors to use your recycled plastic bags instead of using theirs.
Go without a list
The point of going to a farmers market is to get the freshest produce possible. Plan on buying what’s in season and looks best, and plan your meals around your purchase. Take time to taste and compare the offerings of different vendors.
Take time to chat with the farmers
Get to know your food by getting to know who grows it. This is part of the fun of shopping at a farmers market and will make you a wiser shopper.
Try New foods
Buy something you’ve never tried before. Ask the farmer about their favorite way of preparing it.
Don’t squash your tomatoes
Put heavier, firmer items on the bottom of your bags as you buy.