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Paying at the Market

cash

Small bills are always preferred; pay vendors directly.

EBT cards

Use your EBT card and get DOUBLE your SNAP benefits. Visit the Information Booth to get started.

credit/debit/checks

Pre-pay at the Information Booth and receive tokens to pay vendors. There is a $1 processing fee for any charge under $100.

fmnp/wic coupons

Farmers Market Nutrition Program/WIC Coupons– participants can get their coupons at the Information Booth.

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

In addition to SNAP tokens, 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.

Token Details:

  • 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.
  • 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 can be used at any PFM locations.
SNAP
SNAP Tokens

 

SNAP Tokens

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

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.

Learn more about the Double Up Arizona program here.

Farmers Market Nutrition Program Coupons

PFM is proud to be an approved farmers market for the Arizona Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) which provides low-income seniors with $50, and new mothers and families with $30, 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 2022 Season Dates:

  • First day to pick up and use coupons at PFM: February 5, 2022
  • Last day to pick up coupons at PFM: September 24, 2022
  • Last day to spend coupons at PFM: November 12, 2022

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
    • Bloomer-Rang Iris Farm
    • Bloomin’ Food
    • Blooming Reed Farm
    • Growing Vertical
    • Heidi Lane Farm
    • Hernandez Farm
    • Love’s Gathering Farm
    • Maxwell Gardens
    • Mina’s Farm
    • Mortimer Farms
    • Reyes Farm
    • Sanchez Date Farm
    • Schaffer Farms
    • Sun Valley Harvest
    • Super Natural Sprouts
    • Two Sisters Tomatoes
    • Whipstone Farm

Shopping tips

Check when the market is open

The Prescott Farmers Market is open Saturdays, 7:30am to 12:00pm during summer season and 10:00am to 1:00pm during winter season. 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, or recycle your plastic bags, asking vendors to use them instead of theirs.

Go without a list

The point of going to a farmers market is to get the freshest produce possible. Plan on buying whatever is in season and looks best, and plan your meals around your purchase. Take time to taste and compare the offerings of different vendors.

Try new foods

Buy something you’ve never had before. Ask the farmer their favorite way of preparing it.

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.

Go straight home

Fresh produce in a hot car will wilt, so take it home before running other errands. Or, bring an ice chest to keep the produce cool.

Don’t squash your tomatoes

As you buy, put heavier, firmer items on the bottom of your bag.

Store produce to last

Once home, store all green produce in plastic bags in the refrigerator and always keep tomatoes, garlic, potatoes and onions at room temperature. Ask the farmers if you are unsure of the best way to store or prepare the items you’ve bought.