Programs & Events
Help Feed the Hungry
Please bring any extra produce you have from your garden to the Market Shed, during market hours on Saturdays or Wednesdays, and we will make sure it goes to the EOC food bank.
While our vendors have been very generous to donate regularly on Wednesdays after the market, we are excited to be able to extend this donation to Saturdays. This would not be possible without the help of Nicole Kempton, Friends of the Market, and our summer interns; we appreciate them all for making this possible.
Thanks in advance for your contributions!
Market Manners for Dogs
Many of us at the market love and own dogs. Yet, in order to ensure everyone’s safety, we ask everyone bringing a dog to the market to follow these important safety and behavior guidelines: Market Manners for Dogs.
Community Supported Agriculture
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a unique collaboration connecting people to a local farm and farmer. When you become a CSA member, you agree to support the costs of running the farm in exchange for a share of the harvest. By contributing a membership fee in advance, you become a partner with the farmer in sharing some of the risk as well as the bounty of agricultural production.
A few of our vendors are now offering CSA programs for vegetables/fruit/eggs (Denison Farm; Kilpatrick Family Farm); vegetables (New Minglewood Farm); eggs (Elihu Farm); cheese (Argyle Cheese Farmer); meat (M&A Farm), and flowers (Native Farm Flowers). Sometimes pick-up of these farm shares is at the market; depending on the arrangements, other pick-up points, including the farm, may be specified. Check with each vendor individually for the details.
Food Stamps / EBT / Credit & Debit Cards
In Saratoga at the green Market Shed, the market is able to process food stamp, credit cards and debit cards for purchasing market tokens that our farmers’ market merchants all accept.
You can use your food stamp card to buy market tokens, which all food merchants are able to take. The tokens come in $1 and $5 increments and never expire. Change is not given at purchase. You don’t have to worry about running out of money to buy what you need at the market.
Our EBT machine can process your charge or debit card and give you market tokens worth $5 or $10 dollars. All vendors accept them and exact change is given. There is no charge to you for this service.
WIC and Seniors Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) Coupon Redemption
Vendors accepting WIC Vegetables & Fruit checks have a red/white poster at their stalls.
The $4 seasonal coupons of FMNP for WIC recipients and Seniors can be used to purchase fruit and vegetables where indicated.
On Wednesdays at the Saratoga market, we invite a local chef to conduct a cooking demonstration and serve samples of fresh market products. The chef also prepares quick meals for eat-in or take-out, so stop by the Market Bistro and give it a try. Small tables allow you to enjoy your meal near our performing musicians, or pack your meal to take home if you prefer.
Need help getting all your purchases to your vehicle or just need a place to drop your goods while you continue to shop? Use our Veggie Valet service, in the tent across from the Market Shed. Volunteers will “check” your bags and bring your goods to your car with a free wagon service when you are finished shopping.