The communal experience a person can get from buying at a farmers market is one
of the main reasons America needs to redirect it's financial energy into
localized and community based markets. Instead of allowing these fast food
corporations to turn neighborhoods into food deserts, governments should follow
this example and allow food stamps recipients to use their stamps at farmers
markets. This is a great idea, and there is conversation going on at WhoWeAm dot
com that adds to this concept.
I am surprised at how some posting here believe fresh produce at farmers'
markets is the same as what's available in the supermarket. Most (thought
admittedly not all) fresh produce at farmers' markets comes directly from the
farm. Most (nearly all) "fresh" produce found in supermarkets are
genetically modified, environmentally controlled, out of season or shipped from
too far away (often other countries). While I agree the price of produce at
farmers' markets is often higher than that in supermarkets, it's also higher
quality. I applaud those using their food stamps to purchase healthy
food from any source vs. the junk available everywhere.
rogerdpack2 | 2:31 p.m. Oct. 31, 2011 My experience was that the
prices were the same, but in many cases better, then a store. Went this last
saturday and bought food for 1/5 what a store would cost. Also the food is
locally grown and harvested, so to me, it taste better, maybe because it is not
picked early, like alot of food that stores buy from south america.Also
saw several people who were selling produce from their own gardens.I like
that the money I spend, goes to other utahns.
isn't the farmer's market just the same food but overpriced? This is a better
use of their money somehow?
I can't believe how much the posters above Hate the poor, despise helping them,
think they are all lazy and living the life of luxury.How Christian
of you, not just your deeds but your thoughts are despicable.
I really wish government would get out of the business of buying votes, i mean
the business of wealth redistribution, i mean the business of bailouts and
welfare. Yup, that will never happen.My kids wonder why their
friends get "free food" (government assistance) after having to move
out of their million dollar PLUS home, while continuing to provide for their 2
large dogs, gassing up their 3 vehicles (2 luxury, 1 economy), etc, etc, etcThat's all I'm going to say - until November :)
One of the last handouts I am against, are those handouts that give people
food.The amount spent on the food stamp program, is nothing, when compared
to other handouts and bailouts.there is almost no one in this country, who
has not benefited from some kind of government handout.It amazes me after
the trillions of dollars that has been spent to bailout wallstreet,
billionaires, car companies. that some still want to put down, and scapegoat the
poor. particuarly poor immigrants.its like complaining about the storage
shed needing paint, when your house is burning down.
Unemployment is 10% and most on SNAP program have jobs. Housing costs too much.
Medicine costs too much. Utilities are high. Kristine
We have a moral responsibility to provide for the poor. But shopping at a
Farmer's Market, where produce is waaay over-priced does not make sense. The
same produce can be purchased at a local supermarket for a fraction of what
you'd pay in a Farmer's Market. Government needs to contract with
local supermarkets to provide healthy food at less-than retail price for welfare
recipients and totally cut out junk food and pre-packaged, prepared food from
welfare benefits. Meat, fruit, veggies, dairy products, and grains should be
provided for the needs of the poor. But junk food, sodas, frozen meals, ice
cream, cookies, donuts, and others should not be provided. They are not
"necessities" but luxuries.
For those who think I am harsh in my judgement...I once lost my job and ate from
my food storage for months until I found a new job. Beans and rice, rice and
beans. Throw in a little dehydrated onions and carrots for variety. Homemade
bread and not much else. It sustained me and even more sustained my dignity to
know that I could provide for myself even in my time of need. There was nothing
extravegant about my situation. It also was a great motivator to find work.Again, we are making our "poor" too comfortable in their
poverty and thus remove the incentive to go out and work.
My first job was working in a grocery store in the '80s. I remember people
coming in with their paper food stamps. My heart broke for most of those people
because I could see their shame. I also recall them buying items like rice,
dried beans and canned fruit juices. Sure, there were some who purchased steak,
shrimp, soda, etc., but they were not the norm. Perhaps I am (thankfully) too
far removed, but I don't believe most people on food stamps eat more
extravagantly than I.I applaud the creativity which allows for
people to use food stamps at farmer's markets. While I honestly don't know about
all of the tax implications as the earlier poster wrote, I am sure the revenue
for the local farmers is useful in growing our local economy. For
me, it's less about organic and more about eating in season and knowing where
your food comes from. As we all learn this lesson our overall health will
improve. I pray those who are so harsh toward the impoverished one
day have the opportunity to walk in their shoes.
Some of these comments from people who think the poor are just lazy don't
realize how close they are to poverty themselves.
I don't have a problem with horizon card use at farmer's markets. What I have a
problem with is the lack of coordination with horizon card use and food
pantries. These folks can use up their card allotment at the farmer's market,
then go to the local food pantries and pick up food that our family has donated
to them. Then, you add on the other charities helping those in so called need.
Are we making poverty too easy for people? Why work?
In these pantries a recipient should be able to receive basic foods like whole
grains, milk, vegetables, fruits that can be bought in bulk at discount costs
and would sustain the life of those on assistance until they can find a job or
get a better paying job should be the only items available to them.Benjamin Franklin said we shouldn't make people comfortable in their poverty
and by allowing them to shop and pay for their items with relative ease we are
encouraging more and more to stop working so hard when Uncle Sam can take care
of them.I see welfare recipients eating much better than I do
because I buy the cheapest products (mostly generic) to stretch the buying power
of my paycheck. Something's not right here.We can still sustain the
lives that need assistance but could be doing it so much more economically by
pooling resources. Oh, and if you are on food stamps and don't like eating this
way you have the power to fix this by getting out and working hard. Then you
can buy your Double Stuffed Oreos and Mountain Dew with your own money.(Stepping down off my soapbox)
I think most of the items at the Farmer's Markets don't seem as fresh and cost
more than what's at the local supermarket. (Maybe that's my skepticism of
"organic" foods actually being better for you.)I don't
understand why we make it easier every day for people receiving benefits. I know
this sounds harsh but hear me out. Back in the day you had to use actual food
stamps to make a purchase. Everyone in line knew their taxes were buying your
junk food. There was a sense of shame involved motivating recipients to go find
work, or a better job, to get off food stamps. Now we have these cards that
look like everyone else's debit card. There's no shame and therefore no
motivation to work harder (or start working.) I'd like to see the
state pool its resources, buy basic food items that would sustain life and make
these available to those seeking a handout in a manner similar to the Bishop's
storehouse. No name brands, just the basics at bulk prices. Sure there are no
sugary sodas or prepackaged, processed junk food but those are not what sustains
They also want to make MY dollar go further
No one is getting $3,600/month in food stamps. In fact, I'm guessing most food
stamps recipients are employed, and I'm sure most are either employed or very
actively seeking employment.There are certainly some improvements
that could be made to the program (restricting the amount of junk food families
can get with food stamps, etc.), but it's a necessary program in these hard
times, when unemployment is high and jobs are scarce. A single mother making $8
or $10/hour while providing for multiple children can't survive without outside
assistance, especially if she has to buy her own health insurance.I'm glad to hear that food markets, a great source for fresh (and thus
healthier) produce, is allowing food stamps. Bountiful Baskets should also get
with the program.
This is a great initiative!
I don't see any benefit of food stamp use for business and communities in Utah.
In-fact they can depress the economy in small cities and communities when more
than half the residents are welfare dependents on tax exempt public paid
incomes.Since food stamps and welfare are income like unemployment
and gains taxes maybe its time to start taxing their use for cities who need the
revenues during our economic upheaval. The state taxes unemployment as income so
why not food stamps? The state taxes capital gains so why not food stamps? It's
an unearned income like most retirements that is taxed so why not food
stamps?Billions of tax dollars pass through the welfare department
every year to professional welfare dependents and not one dime of tax is
generated from people getting public income and financing. Welfare employee's
along with other government workers should be added to the income and sales tax
rolls. Please, no cries of pity, for many of those on food stamps
and welfare are making up to $50,000 a year free income with $3,600/mo food
stamps. Plus whatever other untraceable tax free income they can make working in
Food stamp recipients are looking for better quality foods than you see at
supermarkets. They also wanted to make their food dollars go further.