(The following is from a press release from the Alaska Department of Natural Resources Division of Agriculture)
PALMER, Alaska – Eleven farmers markets throughout Alaska, including the Sitka Farmers Market, are now accepting Quest Cards, enhancing the state’s efforts to make healthy, locally-grown food available to Alaska households. Six markets (including Sitka) accepted the cards in 2012, and two markets accepted them in 2011, according to the Division of Agriculture.
The Alaska Quest Card is used by households qualified through the Alaska Food Stamp Program to purchase food from farmers markets and grocery stores.
“This program improves access to fresh, local foods to community members who are struggling financially. Additionally, the program helps increase understanding of food insecurity issues in our community and how produce and other food vendors can be part of the solution,” said Lisa Sadlier-Hart, manager of the Sitka Farmers Market (Editor’s note: A correction, Sadleir-Hart is president of the Sitka Local Foods Network board of directors, which hosts the Sitka Farmers Markets; Bridget Kauffman is the market manager).
Quest cards are accepted in the following locations:
- Spenard Farmers Market; the Anchorage Farmers Market; and the South Anchorage Farmers Markets (Saturday and Wednesday)
- Anchor Point Saturday Farmers Market & Swap Meet, and the Homer Farmers Market
- The Bethel Farm Stand and the Dillingham Farmers Market
- Downtown Fairbanks Market and Calypso School Garden Farm Stands
- Sitka Farmers Market
These markets will also host Match Days, when Quest card holders can get twice the amount of fresh, local food for the first $20 spent with their cards. Match Days are listed below:
Anchorage and Kenai Peninsula
- First market of the month (markets happening twice a week will have matching both days);
Western Alaska, Fairbanks and Southeast Alaska
- Throughout the summer until funds run out.
Check the Alaska Division of Agriculture website at http://www.dnr.alaska.gov/ag/ag_FMI.htm for more information on Alaska’s farmers markets, including those that accept Quest Cards. For more information on the Alaska Quest Card, go to http://www.akquest.alaska.gov.
See you at the market, where it’s Closer. Fresher. Better.