Although the number of famers markets has increased nearly 50 percent since 2006, access to fruits and vegetables in farmers markets remains limited for low-income families. Live Well Alabama partners with farmers markets across the state to provide food demonstrations and facilitate vendor acceptance of SNAP benefits and senior farmers market nutrition program vouchers.
Live Well Alabama partnered with 38 farmers markets in 32 Alabama counties reaching 6,275 residents in 2017.
- Policy changes improved days and hours of operation to make farmers markets more convenient for local residents.
- Systems changes expanded public transportation routes to farmers markets, began a coupon initiative, and also promoted acceptance of SNAP EBT payment for produce.
- Environmental improvements supported facility upgrades through a partnership with CDC ALProHealth.
- Promotional efforts provided recipe demonstrations, tastings, and also signage.