Alternative Forms of Payment

Market Money

Need cash? Come on over to the market information tent. The market cashier will run your credit/debit card and give you market money, a special currency that can be spent with any vendor at market. Vendors give you U.S. currency in change. Market Money never expires, so you can use it on another visit to the market.

Project Fresh WIC

Project FRESH is a program that makes fresh produce available to low-income, nutritionally-at-risk consumers, through Michigan farmers markets. Women and children up to age 5 (excluding infants) currently enrolled in the WIC program can get coupons for fresh fruits and vegetables at the farmers market. Women who are either pregnant or breastfeeding are targeted to help meet their special nutritional needs.

What May Be Purchased With WIC Project FRESH Coupons?
Participants may buy Michigan grown fresh fruits and vegetables, but are especially encouraged to buy broccoli, carrots, potatoes, squash, peaches, apples and tomatoes. A variety of produce rich in vitamins A, C, and folic acid are emphasized. Herbs: Basil, Cilantro, Dill, Lemon Grass, Marjoram, Mint, Oregano, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, Summer Savory, Sorrel, Tarragon and Thyme.

WIC Project FRESH is administered by the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Michigan State University Extension (MSUE). Local health agencies and MSU Extension offices statewide deliver Project FRESH services to certified WIC participants.  For more information visit or you can call your local WIC agency.

Senior Market Fresh

The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, known as Senior Project FRESH/Market FRESH in Michigan, provides older adults who qualify, with unprocessed, Michigan-grown products from authorized farmers markets and roadside stands throughout Michigan.

Qualified older adults and Wisewoman participants receive coupons that are used to purchase Michigan-grown produce at registered roadside stands and farmers markets.  Eligible items include: berries, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, beans, honey, and more.

The program is free for both the participant and the farmer. It’s truly a win-win for Michigan farmers and older adults!

Senior Project FRESH/Market FRESH originates from U.S. Department of Agriculture funding.  It is part of the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program and these federal dollars come out of the federal Farm Bill. The program was designed to benefit both farmers and seniors.


Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, is the name for food stamps. In Michigan this program is also referred to as the Bridge Card. Those who meet income eligibility requirements are allotted a set amount of money each month, on their Bridge Card, to help them purchase food.

Households CAN use SNAP benefits to buy:

  • Foods for the household to eat, such as:
  • breads and cereals;
  • fruits and vegetables;
  • meats, fish and poultry; and
  • dairy products.
  • Seeds and plants which produce food for the household to eat.

Double Up Food Bucks

When you use your SNAP Bridge Card to shop at the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market (and other participating markets in the State of Michigan), the amount of money that you spend is matched with Double Up Food Bucks up to $20 per day. Double Up Food Bucks is money to be used to exclusively buy fruits and vegetables that have been grown in Michigan. This frees up the original Bridge card allocation to be used on other groceries found at the market, such as meat, bread, eggs, maple syrup, honey, jam. You do not need to spend all of your Double Up Food Bucks on the same day you get them. You can spend some and save some for another week.
For more information about Double Up Food Bucks, see below or you may visit

Q: How do I use my SNAP Bridge Card at a farmers’ market?

Most markets have a central location where a staff person can swipe your SNAP Bridge Card. You’ll tell the staff person how much you want to spend on your Bridge Card, and you’ll get that amount of Bridge Card tokens that you spend with the vendors that sell eligible food items. Each farmers market issues its own unique Bridge Card tokens – these are worth $1 each, and are only good at the market where you received them. Vendors are not allowed to give you U.S. currency for Bridge Card tokens. Money is deducted from your Bridge Card account the day you get the tokens, whether or not you spend the tokens that day. If you don’t spend all your tokens, you have two options: you can get the amount you received that day and did not use returned onto your Bridge Card (you can not receive U.S. currency for the unused portion and you can not get prior day amounts returned to your card, only the current day) , OR you can save them and use them another day. Bridge Card tokens do not expire can be spent any time during the entire market season or following seasons.

Q: How do I get Double Up Food Bucks tokens?

When you use your Bridge Card at a participating market, you’ll automatically get an equal value of silver Double Up Food Bucks tokens, up to $20 per market day.

Make sure you ask for an even number of Bridge Card tokens so we can give you the full benefit, since Double Up Food Bucks tokens are worth $2 each. If you ask for $15 in Bridge Card tokens, you’ll only get $14 in Double Up Food Bucks tokens, but if you ask for $16 in Bridge Card tokens, you’ll get $16 in Double Up Food Bucks tokens.

Q: What can I buy with my tokens?

A: You can spend your Double Up Food Bucks tokens on Michigan grown fresh fruits and vegetables. Look for vendors with a “Double Up Food Bucks Accepted Here” sign. You can spend your Bridge Card tokens on: bread and cereals, fruits and vegetables (but use the Double Up Food Bucks tokens for this), meats, fish and poultry and dairy products, seeds for and plants that produce food.

Q: Why can I only buy Michigan -grown fruits and vegetables with my Double Up Food Bucks tokens?

Double Up Food Bucks is a program with two goals: to help low-income families’ access fresher, healthy foods AND to support local farmers. By spending your Double Up Food Bucks tokens on Michigan-grown products, you are helping support local farmers  and that helps support the local economy.

You can still use your regular Michigan Bridge Card tokens for other food items, like meats, cheeses, eggs and fresh breads from the other market vendors.

Q: Do I have to sign up for something?

A: No, just come to the market and use your Michigan Bridge Card. When you swipe your Michigan Bridge Card, the market staff person will record the last 4 digits of your Michigan Bridge Card account number – this is only so that we can track how many new customers are coming to the market to use  Double Up Food Bucks and how many times customers return.

Q: What if I don’t want to spend all my Double Up Food Bucks tokens today?

A: Keep them and use them next week! or at another visit at the market. Double Up Food Bucks tokens do not expire so they can be used all seson long and even the following years and at other farmers markets that are in the Double Up Food Bucks program.  Double Up Food Bucks tokens are not refundable because they’re free.  Some people like to save up their tokens to use when their favorite fruits and vegetables are in season, and then buy large quantities to preserve.

Q: Why can I only get $20 per market day?

A: Double Up Food Bucks is funded from private donations, therefore it has a limited budget. We want as many people as possible to get the benefit of doubling their fruit and vegetable purchasing power, and the best way to do that is to limit the amount of tokens one person can get per market visit. You can come back every week to this market, and you can visit any other participating market, and you’ll get up to $20 matched at each and every visit from now through the end of the market season.

Q: Can I use Double Up Food Bucks tokens anywhere else?

A: You can! Besides the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market, in the Upper Peninsula, there is the Munising Farmers and Artisan Market held at Bayshore Park, 100 Veterans Dr., Munising, MI held Tuesdays from 4-7 pm , through October. Menominee Historic Downtown Farmers Market, Corner of 1st & 8th Ave., Menominee, MI, held Saturdays from 9-1 through October  and Menominee County Farm and Food Exchange, VFW Hall, 3937 10th St., Menominee, MI held Saturdays 9-12, year around.  There over 70 markets in Michigan participating in Double Up Food Bucks as well – go to: to find the other sites.

Q: Is it really free?  Where does the money come from?

A: Yes, it’s really free. Double Up Food Bucks is a project of Fair Food Network, a nonprofit based in Ann Arbor, MI. Their goal is to get healthier food to local families while supporting local farmers. Funding comes from private foundations.

Q: What is an Michigan Bridge Card and how can I get one?

A: An Michigan Bridge Card is the common name for the electronic benefits transfer (EBT) card used by recipients of federal food assistance benefits in Michigan. SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is the new name for the federal food assistance program formerly called Food Stamps.

In order to qualify for an Michigan Bridge Card, you must meet certain requirements for income and expenses determined by the State of Michigan. To see if you qualify and apply for benefits, contact 906-228 -9691 .

For more information about Double Up Food Bucks, visit

DUFB is a project of Fair Food Network.

Hoophouses for Health
Vouchers are issued to households with children 0-8 years old that are registered with Head Start or MAREA’s early childhood education programs. See your program administrator for enrollment information. Vouchers are used exclusively at the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market to purchase Michigan grown fruits and vegetables and other qualified farm produced products from participating farmers. See market manager for additional information and a map of the participating farmers.

featured recipe

Oven Roasted Beets and Sweets

 Beets grow well in our climate and store well. And they provide a beautiful red on a holiday table! Roasting with other vegetables is a quick, delicious way to enjoy beets. When you want them raw, grate them  and use on a salad or other side dish.
 Oven Roasted Sweets and Beets. A beautiful veggie side dish for your next dinner!

This recipe serves 6

5-6 medium beets, peeled and diced
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
1 onion, chopped
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 tsp garlic powder
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well. Place mixture on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and stir the mixture. Bake for an additional 20 minutes or until fork tender.
 Nutrition Information:
125 calories, 2 g protein, 20 g carbohydrate,
5 g fat, 283 mg sodium, 4 g fiber
How to select:
Choose beets with firm, smooth skin and leaves that are not wilted (if still attached.) Smaller beets are more tender and sweeter than larger beets.
 How to Store:
Remove the leaves, keeping about one inch of the stems. Store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator and wash well before cooking
 When cooking beets whole, roasting beets with their skin on helps keep the nutrients and the color. The skin will easily rub off under cold running water after they are cooked. To clean your beet juice-stained fingers, rub with some salt and lemon juice, then wash with soap and water.
 Recipe by Linnea Redinger
from FRESH-Seasonal-TASTY Farmers Market Cookbook, Learning Zone Xpress
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